|February 12, 2021
Federal Government Finalizes Purchase of 200M COVID-19 Vaccines Doses
President Biden announced this week the federal government has finalized deals to buy 200 million more COVID-19 vaccine doses from Pfizer and Moderna by the end of July, a major step to widespread national vaccination efforts to attack the current pandemic.
The deal includes 100 million more doses from Pfizer/BioNTech, as well as 100 million more from Moderna. The extra doses will not be immediately available, meaning that the existing supply shortages are likely to continue in the short term. However, Dr. Fauci recently stated he thinks that by April it will be "open season" for vaccinations in the country, and anyone who wants a shot will be able to get one. That doesn’t mean everyone will be vaccinated before the summer as he added that logistically it will still take "several more months" to get the vaccine into people's arms, possibly leading to an overwhelming majority of people in the US will be vaccinated by the end of the summer.
Media reports (Bloomberg) that if the additional vaccine doses are delivered in the timeframe outlined, it “would give the U.S. enough doses for 300 million people by the end of July – a number that could increase if other vaccine candidates, such as one from Johnson & Johnson, are approved.” But the process of giving people shots “could stretch into late summer and early fall.”
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