The US government has purchased 105 million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine ahead of the fall. She announced that on Wednesday. The contract worth 3.2 billion dollars also includes adjusted doses for babies and young children.
According to Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla, the order also includes vaccines that have been specially developed to protect against the omikron variant of the virus, as an expert panel recommended to the government on Tuesday.
Deliveries are expected to start by the end of the summer, the companies said. The contract signed with the US Departments of Defense and Health also includes an option to purchase up to 300 million doses.
“The Biden-Harris administration is committed to doing everything it can to make vaccines free and widely available to Americans, and this is an important step in preparing for the fall,” Health Secretary Xavier Becerra said in a statement. a press release.
President Joe Biden has asked Congress to approve a new $23.5 billion financing package to fight the pandemic. That has not happened so far. The White House previously indicated that it will not continue to be possible to offer free vaccines to the people most at risk if there are no additional resources.