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- President Joe Biden announced Thursday that his administration signed deals for 200 million more doses of Covid-19 vaccine, bringing the U.S. total to 600 million.
- In addition to securing more doses for states, the Biden administration is using the military to help administer doses and is setting up mass vaccination centers across the country.
President Joe Biden announced Thursday that his administration has secured deals for another 200 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine, bringing the U.S. total to 600 million.
“Just this afternoon, we signed the final contracts for 100 million more Moderna and 100 million more Pfizer vaccines,” Biden said Thursday while on a tour at the National Institutes of Health, adding the U.S. will have enough supply for 300 million Americans by the end of July.
The Washington Post first reported the news. Earlier, White House chief of staff Ron Klain appeared to confirm the news, retweeting the Post story from his official White House Twitter account.
Because both Pfizer’s and Moderna’s authorized vaccines require two doses given about three to four weeks apart, the total of 600 million doses would be enough to inoculate 300 million people.
Biden is trying to pick up the pace of vaccinations in the U.S. after a slower-than-expected rollout under former President Donald Trump’s administration. Roughly 34.7 million out of some 331 million Americans have received at least their first dose of Covid vaccine, according to data compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And 11.2 million of those people have already gotten their second shot.
The schedule for delivery of the additional doses was not immediately clear.
Each company will leverage U.S.-based manufacturing capacity “to fill, finish and ship vials as the bulk material is produced,” the Department of Health and Human Services said in a separate statement.
Pfizer already has a deal with the U.S. to deliver 200 million doses. The company said earlier this month that it planned to finish those shipments by May, earlier than its initial forecast of July. Moderna also has a deal with the U.S. for 200 million doses.