US President Joe Biden is hinting at plans to send surplus COVID-19 vaccines north of the border, adding to the 1.5-million doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine the US has already sent to Canada. Biden mentioned Canada while he announced his intention to redistribute excess supply of the AstraZeneca vaccine, which has yet to be approved by the CDC in America. Biden also announced that Americans have received 200 million COVID-19 vaccinations since he took office. That is double his initial goal of 100 million vaccinations in his first 100 days, and what he called “an incredible achievement for the nation.” The AstraZeneca shot has yet to be approved by US regulators. Health Canada maintains the vaccine is safe and effective for all adults, despite a possible link to a very rare and treatable blood clot syndrome. The National Advisory Committee on Immunization has yet to update its recommendation that the shot only be used on those over the age of 55.
My Administration is working around the clock to get America vaccinated as quickly as possible. Tune in as I deliver an update on our progress and the state of vaccinations. https://t.co/jxOtlPOzsW
— President Biden (@POTUS) April 21, 2021
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