Biden Orders 200 Million Additional Doses Of Covid-19 Vaccine To Be Delivered By Summer | MSNBC
The President of the United States announced that his administration has struck deals for an additional 200 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine, bringing the total US vaccine order to 600 million doses..
«We signed final contracts this afternoon for 100 million new Moderna vaccines and the same amount from Pfizer.», – said Joe Biden, adding that by the end of July the United States will have sufficient resources to vaccinate 300 million Americans.
The Washington Post was the first to report this.. Chief of Staff of the White House Ron Klein confirmed this news.
Since Pfizer and Moderna vaccines require two injections about three to four weeks apart, a total of 600 million injections will be enough to inject the planned 300 million people..
Biden is trying to accelerate the pace of vaccination in the US after a slower-than-expected mass vaccination stratum, begun back Donald Trump. An estimated 34.7 million Americans received at least their first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, according to data compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.. 11.2 million of them have already completed the full course.
Schedule for delivery of additional doses is not yet known.. «Each company will deliver whey as it is produced», – said in a statement from the Department of Health and Human Services.
Pfizer already has an agreement with the US to supply 200 million doses. The company said earlier this month that it plans to complete those deliveries by May, two months ahead of its original forecast.. Moderna also agreed with the US authorities for 200 million drugs.
Vaccine demand currently outstrips supply. The administration has previously said it is using the defense production law to help Pfizer reach its production targets sooner..
In addition to providing more vaccinations, the Biden administration is using the military to help manage logistics and is setting up mass vaccination centers throughout the United States..
Earlier it became known that authorities will work with Texas officials to build three new community vaccination centers in Dallas, Arlington and Houston.. A few days earlier, the administration said it was sending the military to California to help staff at Covid-19 vaccine centers cope with the traffic..
US officials also hope the vaccine supply will increase after how the Johnson vaccine & Johnson will be cleared for emergency use by the FDA, which could happen as early as this month. The relevant meeting of the Advisory Committee on Vaccines and Associated Biological Products is scheduled for February 26.
Ministry of Health and Human Services announced in August, which reached a preliminary agreement with Janssen, a pharmaceutical subsidiary of J&J, per 100 million doses of her vaccine. The deal also gives the federal government the ability to order an additional 200 million doses..