The Biden administration is working to purchase an additional 200 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine. The move aims to have enough doses for nearly every American to get fully inoculated by the end of the summer, President Joe Biden disclosed on Tuesday.
The government is seeking 100 million doses from Pfizer and 100 million from Moderna to be made available over the summer.
This batch of procurement is on top of the 400 million combined doses the companies had already committed to providing to the U.S. The President said he expects to be able to confirm the purchase soon.
“It will be enough to fully vaccinate 300 million Americans to beat the pandemic,” Biden said.
It can be recalled that the Trump administration had passed up on purchasing more vaccine doses from Pfizer and Moderna because they were relying on additional vaccines from Johnson & Johnson and AstraZeneca coming to market.
The federal government will also begin letting states know how many doses they will be receiving at least three weeks in advance so governors will be able to plan and schedule vaccinations.
The Biden administration has begun using the Defense Production Act to buy more of a specialty syringe that can extract more doses per vaccine vial and plans to use the war-time law for other raw materials, like lipid nanoparticles and bioreactor bags, if necessary, reports said.