Biden admin to purchase 20cr more doses of corona vaccines
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The United States aims to acquire an additional 20 crore doses of coronavirus or COVID-19 vaccines, President Joe Biden said on Tuesday, enough to inoculate most Americans by summertime, as he races to curb a pandemic he warned could still get worse.
Biden’s administration will purchase 10 crore doses each of the vaccines made by Pfizer Inc and BioNTech, and Moderna Inc, increasing the overall total doses to 60 crore, with delivery expected by summer.
The previous purchase target was 40 crore doses.
Each vaccine requires two doses per person to be fully effective, suggesting the new purchases would build up enough of a stockpile to inoculate most of the country’s 33.1 crore people. The vaccines are not approved for use by most children.
“This is a wartime effort,” Biden said in the White House State Dining Room under a painting of President Abraham Lincoln, who led the Union to victory in the U.S. Civil War.
Pfizer is confident it can deliver the extra doses in the time frame specified by Biden, spokeswoman Sharon Castillo said.
Moderna declined to comment.
The new purchase target, along with promises to get more vaccine to local authorities, raises the bar for a Democratic president who took office last week with vows to repair what he said was a disastrous emergency response by his Republican predecessor, Donald Trump.
Biden said he would hike the amount of the vaccine going to local governments to one crore doses per week for the next three weeks, up from 86 lakh currently. The news was welcomed by governors, who said they needed even more doses.
“We appreciate the administration stating that it will provide states with slightly higher allocations for the next few weeks, but we are going to need much more supply,” Republican Maryland Governor Larry Hogan said in a statement after being briefed on a call by Jeff Zients, the administration’s COVID-19 response coordinator.
“I urge President Biden to take every imaginable step within his power to ramp up production without delay.”_Reuters