US to purchase 200 million more COVID-19 vaccine doses to speed up inoculations
US to buy 200 million more doses of COVID-19 vaccine
However, additional volumes are unlikely to be delivered by the end of summer, which increases the likelihood of a shortage.
President Joe Biden announced the U.S. is working to buy another 200 million doses of coronavirus vaccines, doubling the nation’s supply.
Federal officials are in talks with Moderna and Pfizer to receive 100 million doses from each company to bring the country’s total vaccine supply to 600 million.
This will ultimately give the United States the ability to vaccinate up to 300 million Americans, President Biden said..
“This is a master plan that removes all questions and leaves nothing to chance,” he said. “This is a wartime effort.”.
However, the companies will not be able to make these additional supplies until the summer, which increases the likelihood of a deficit that could persist for several months..
Biden outlines new plans for the procurement and growth of weekly vaccine distributions across states, tribes and territories from 8.6 million doses to at least 10 million in the next three weeks.
The Department of Health and Human Services also plans to bring supply estimates to states, tribes and territories over the next three weeks, Biden said..
“This will give governors, mayors and local leaders more certainty about the supply so they can carry out their plans to vaccinate as many people as possible,” he said..
Each vaccine requires two doses. The second dose should be given about three to four weeks after the first, depending on the vaccine.
Biden made the announcement after several states reported vaccine shortages, resulting in tens of thousands of sign-ups complaining about the cancellation..
The President again warned that the incidence of coronavirus will continue to grow, noting that the number of deaths could reach 500 thousand by the end of February. At the same time, the head of state remains confident in his administration’s plan to combat COVID-19.
“I hope by the end of the summer you will all be telling me that there are too many vaccines and too much equipment left,” he said..
After a joint telephone conversation with state governors and senior Biden administration officials, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan said the limited additional vaccine supply was “just a fraction of what Americans desperately need”.
“We appreciate the administration’s statement that it will slightly increase supplies to the states, but we need much more,” he said..