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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 vaccine, which has not been authorized domestically.

  • 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, saying 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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Aug 24, 2021 - Health

Unvaccinated 29 times more likely to be hospitalized with COVID-19, CDC study says

Nurses reposition a COVID patient in the ICU in Torrance, Calif. Photo: Francine Orr/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

Infection and hospitalization rates in late July were five and 29 times higher, respectively, among unvaccinated people in Los Angeles County than the fully vaccinated, according to a new report out Tuesday from the CDC.

Why it matters: Hospitals and state health officials have been warning that the spike in COVID-19 hospitalizations is mostly attributed to unvaccinated adults.

Aug 24, 2021 - Health

Fauci: U.S. can get control of pandemic by spring if vaccinations rise

Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, during a March Senate hearing in Washington, D.C. Photo: Susan Walsh/AP/Bloomberg via Getty Images

NIAID director Anthony Fauci told CNN on Monday the U.S. could "start getting back to a degree of normality" by next spring if more Americans are vaccinated against COVID-19.

Yes but: "There's no guarantee, because it's up to us," Fauci said in his interview with CNN's Anderson Cooper, noting that another variant could emerge unless the current surge is brought under control.

Missouri attorney general files lawsuit to stop school mask mandates

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt. Photo: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt filed a lawsuit on Tuesday that aims to stop school districts from imposing mask requirements.

What they're saying: Schmitt alleges in the lawsuit that mask mandates are "not supported by the science and are an arbitrary and capricious measure."

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