Covid-19 roundup: US to do­nate 20M more vac­cines over­seas; BerGen­Bio hopes for the best af­ter re­pur­pos­ing flop, tout­ing post hoc da­ta

Around 20 mil­lion more dos­es of the US-au­tho­rized Covid-19 vac­cines will be shipped over­seas in June, Pres­i­dent Joe Biden said Mon­day.

The do­na­tion comes as Biden promis­es a new ef­fort to in­crease sup­ply around the world. It’s the first time he’s pledged to give away dos­es that could be used in the US, The New York Times re­ports.

As the num­ber of cas­es and Covid-19 re­lat­ed deaths has plum­met­ed in the US, they have sky­rock­et­ed abroad, par­tic­u­lar­ly in In­dia. The 20 mil­lion dos­es are from Pfiz­er-BioN­Tech and J&J. In April, Biden pledged 60 mil­lion dos­es of As­traZeneca’s vac­cine, though they are not ap­proved for use in the US, and can’t be used un­til ruled safe by reg­u­la­tors.

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