Federal Government Purchases 100 Million Additional COVID-19 Vaccines
Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Department of Defense (DOD) announced the federal government will purchase an additional 100 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine from Pfizer. Under the agreement, Pfizer will manufacture and deliver up to 100 million doses of its SARS-CoV-2 vaccine to government designated locations. Pfizer must deliver at least 70 million doses by June 30, 2021, with the balance of the 100 million doses to be delivered no later than July 31, 2021.
The latest order of vaccines builds upon the first 100 million doses of vaccine contracted earlier this year. The agreement announced today also includes options for an additional 400 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine. The U.S. government and Pfizer are expected to continue discussing potential approaches to expand output and accelerate vaccine production.
The full HHS press announcement is available here.