The head of HHS says the US will procure 500 million more Pfizer vaccines
The US government is willing to buy an extra 500 million vaccine doses from Pfizer, drug producer of COVID-19, said Alex Azar, Health and Human Services Secretary on Monday.
In the coming months, it is projected to receive 100 million doses—sufficient for 50 million Americans.
Azar said in an interview on “NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt.” “With Pfizer, we have an option to buy an additional 500 million.
Azar said that by April or June he would expect the country to have “sufficient vaccine.”
“Therefore we would have 600 million doses of vaccine across a large portfolio,” Azar said with 6 vaccination producers each at 100 million doses.
The deal with Pfizer, New York, also allows for the prospect of buying as many as five times more while Azar has said he will not “discuss potential procurement.”
“But we continue to work with manufacturers to expand as quickly as possible the readable availability of the FDA-approved vaccine.”
“For an additional 500 million doses, we still have that choice.”
The Pfizer’s vaccines are set to be given a green light this week by a group of scientists at the Food and Drug Administration, while another scientist at Moderna will presumably shortly be licensed for emergency use.