The Trump administration has finalized a new deal with Pfizer to receive an additional 100 million doses of its COVIDD-19 vaccine for $1.95 billion.
The new and second agreement between Pfizer and the United States government will guarantee another 70 million doses by June 30. The remaining 30 million doses will arrive before July 31.
“Securing another 100 million doses from Moderna by June 2021 further expands our supply of doses across the Operation Warp Speed portfolio of vaccines,” said HHS Secretary Alex Azar. “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.”
In total, Pfizer and BioNTech will be providing 200 million doses of the vaccine. The original deal announced this summer was announced over the summer for the first 100 million doses. The U.S also agreed to pay $1.95 for those.
In California distribution of the initial allocation of 327,600 vaccine doses has prioritized hospital healthcare workers and some skilled nursing facilities. High risk inmates and employees at three California prisons were also some of the first to receive the coronavirus vaccine in the state.
California will receive roughly 2.1 million doses by the end of the year, according to Governor Gacin Newsom.
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