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Photo: Ty O'Neil/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Sanofi announced Monday it will manufacture up to 200 million doses of Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine at its site in Ridgefield, New Jersey, from September.

Why it matters: The agreement between Sanofi and Moderna should not only boost the U.S. coronavirus vaccine rollout, it should also help global efforts as the doses will likely be exported.

Of note: French multinational pharmaceutical giant Sanofi is the only manufacturer that is producing doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech, Johnson & Johnson and now Moderna, in addition to developing two of its own coronavirus vaccines.

The big picture: More than 1 billion COVID-19 doses have now been produced. The U.S. has administered the most — 23% of the worldwide total, statistics from Our World in Data show.

  • The World Health Organization earlier this month criticized a "shocking imbalance" in vaccine distribution, with poorer nations being left behind.
  • While the U.S. has kept nearly all of its supply for domestic use, it's expected to become a major exporter once its domestic needs are met.

Go deeper: All U.S. adults now eligible for COVID-19 vaccine

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White House: Over 110 million COVID-19 vaccine doses shipped, donated

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The U.S. has shipped and donated more than 110 million coronavirus vaccine doses to over 60 countries, the White House said Tuesday.

Why it matters: It is more than the combined donations of all other countries, the White House said, citing the United Nations. Biden had pledged to donate at least 80 million vaccines by the end of June.

Aug 4, 2021 - Health

New York City revives vaccine passports

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

New York City yesterday became the first city in the U.S. to require proof of coronavirus vaccination for indoor dining and other leisure activities, a measure popular among public health experts but previously squashed by political backlash to "vaccine passports."

Why it matters: Employers and now local governments are starting to ensure that remaining unvaccinated will have consequences for everyday life, testing the resolve of those who say nothing could persuade them to get a shot.

Updated 7 hours ago - Politics & Policy

U.S. sounds alarm on Ukraine

Conscripts line up at a Russian railway station yesterday before departing for Army service. Photo: Sergei Malgavko/TASS via Getty Images

The Biden administration is "deeply concerned" by new intelligence — detailed for Axios and other outlets — showing Russia stepping up preparations to invade Ukraine as soon as early 2022.

Why it matters: Most of this was known from public sources and satellite imagery, but the administration is sending a stronger signal by releasing specific details from the intelligence community.