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Biden administration to send 20 million U.S.-authorized vaccine doses abroad

President Biden will send an additional 20 million doses of coronavirus vaccines to other countries by the end of June, including shots authorized by the FDA for use in the U.S., White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Monday.

Why it matters: It will be the first time the U.S. has sent Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccine doses abroad. The administration previously announced plans to export 60 million doses of the AstraZeneca, which has not been authorized domestically.

  • The total of 80 million is the highest number of doses donated by any country in the world, according to Psaki.
  • She did not comment on where the 60 million AstraZeneca vaccines will go, and said that decision will come after it receives clearance from the FDA in the next few weeks.

Between the lines: By the end of June, it's likely the U.S. will have more than 20 million authorized doses sitting around. States have already started turning down their federal vaccine allocations as demand has dropped.

The big picture: The U.S. has faced criticism for hoarding vaccines, especially as supply outpaces demand domestically. Among the world's four major vaccine producers, America has kept nearly its entire supply up to now.

Go deeper: The global line for coronavirus vaccines stretches back to 2023

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