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Biden Rebuffs EU, AstraZeneca and Says U.S. Will Keep Its Doses

  • U.S. has rejected all requests to share doses, Psaki says
  • Zients acknowledges ‘small inventory’ of AstraZeneca shot
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President Joe Biden’s administration is holding on to its stockpile of AstraZeneca PLC vaccines, even though the shot isn’t authorized for U.S. use, top aides said Friday -- rebuffing pressure from Europe and the company to consider sharing doses of the shot.

“We have a small inventory of AstraZeneca so that, if approved, we can get that inventory out to the American people as quickly as possible,” Jeff Zients, Biden’s Covid-19 response coordinator, said at a press briefing Friday. “We’re rightly focused on getting Americans vaccinated as soon as possible.”