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Pfizer to ship 13 mln COVID vaccine doses per week to U.S. by mid-March, says executive

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Feb 22 (Reuters) - Pfizer Inc expects to delivermore than 13 million doses of its COVID-19 vaccine per week tothe United States by the middle of March, more than doubling itsshipments from early February, a top Pfizer executive said inprepared testimony ahead of a Tuesday congressional hearing.

Pfizer has shipped around 40 million doses to locationsacross the United States so far and is on track to deliver 120million doses by the end of March, said John Young, Pfizer'schief business officer.

He added that Pfizer is also prepared to provide a total of300 million shots to the United States by the end of July andhas raised global production expectations for 2021 to at least 2billion doses.

His comments were prepared ahead of a U.S. congressionalhearing on vaccine availability to be held by the HouseCommittee on Energy and Commerce on Tuesday.(Reporting by Carl O'Donnell, Editing by Rosalba O'Brien)