WASHINGTON – The Trump administration announced Wednesday that it would purchase an additional 100 million doses of Pfizer’s Kovid-19 vaccine, ensuring that every American who wants it could be vaccinated by June.
The announcement by the Department of Health and Human Services stated that Pfizer would manufacture and distribute 100 million doses of the vaccine at government-designated locations. This comes on top of the 100 million doses already purchased by the US government.
Under the agreement, Pfizer will deliver at least 70 million doses by the end of June and 30 million to be delivered by the end of July. HHS said that it increases the total number of Pfizer vaccines purchased by the federal government to 200 million.
HHS Secretary Alex Azar said in a statement on Wednesday, “Getting higher doses from Pfizer and BioNotech for delivery in the second quarter of 2021 further increases our supply of doses in the Operation Drop Speed portfolio.” “This new federal purchase may give Americans even more confidence that we will have enough supplies to vaccinate every American by June 2121.”
The incoming Biden administration will be responsible, however, for disseminating the vaccine to the public next year, with Biden taking office on January 20.
The Food and Drug Administration recently authorized the Pfizer vaccine for emergency use and it was transported to several health care facilities last week, administered to frontline workers for the first shot. The FDA then approved a similar Kovid-19 vaccine from biotechnology company Modern last week and distribution began on Monday.
The administration’s new agreement comes as millions of people in the United States await vaccination. Earlier this month, former Commissioner of FDA and member of Pfizer’s board of directors, Drs. Scott Gottlieb said the White House declined “multiple” offers from the company to strike a deal on more vaccine doses for the second quarter of 2021.