December 15, 2020 -- U.S. government has agreed to buy another 100 million doses of the Moderna vaccine, on top of its original order of 100 million.
Moderna’s vaccine could receive the FDA’s emergency use authorization following this Thursday’s advisory panel meeting and could be shipped nationwide days later.
The U.S. government agreed to spend up to $1.525 billion for the first 100 million doses in mid-August and holds an option for an additional 400 million doses, Yahoo Finance reported
“Securing another 100 million doses from Moderna by June 2021 further expands our supply of doses across the Operation Warp Speed portfolio of vaccines,” Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said in a statement. “This new federal purchase can give Americans even greater confidence we will have enough supply to vaccinate all Americans who want it by the second quarter of 2021.”
The company has said up to 20 million doses will be delivered by the end of the year, enough o vaccinate 10 million people with the two-dose vaccine. Another 100 million doses are expected to be available by July 1.
The first COVID-19 vaccinations began today, after the FDA granted Pfizer its emergency authorization last week. Pfizer has shipped an initial supply of 2.9 million doses.