The United States government has reportedly secured an addition of 500 million doses of the upcoming coronavirus vaccine from biotech firms Pfizer and BioNTech.
Trump Administration’s initial order for 100 million vaccines is worth $1.95 billion from the biotech firms, according to media reports. And with time it can acquire a total of 600 million doses.
Both the firms in a joint statement wrote that the US government has secured: “an agreement with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Defense to meet the U.S. government’s Operation Warp Speed program goal to begin delivering 300 million doses of a vaccine for COVID-19 in 2021,” Daily Wire reports.
The statement by the two companies which have jointly developed the BNT162 COVID-19 vaccine will be delivered to the Americans for free as committed by the US government under Trump’s Operation Warp Speed.
“Pfizer successfully manufactures and obtains approval or emergency use authorization from U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA),” the statement said.
The announcement comes at a time when many vaccines, at different stages of development, are currently in the works of different countries across the globe. The UK just recently announced that its vaccine developed by the University of Oxford has proven to invoke immune response on humans.
Meanwhile, President Donald Trump has urged Americans to wear facemasks, after he himself work a mask earlier this month, for the first time since the pandemic began.
“We’re asking everybody that when you are not able to socially distance, wear a mask, get a mask. Whether you like the mask or not, they have an impact. They’ll have an effect. And we need everything we can get,” he said.
US secures up to 600 million COVID vaccine doses from Pfizer, to be made free for Americans
Britain also announced on Monday that they’ve ordered another lot of 90 million vaccines made by Pfizer and other makers, according to reports. “Now those would, of course, have to be safe and effective,” Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said in an interview with Fox News.