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  • “Just this afternoon, we signed the final contracts for 100 million more Moderna and 100 million more Pfizer vaccines,” Biden said Thursday while addressing NIH employees.
  • The doses will be delivered by the end of July.
  • Biden also announced that both Pfizer and Moderna agreed to expedite the delivery of a previous order of 100 million doses that were promised by the end of June, so they will be delivered by the end of May.

The White House has secured deals for an additional 200 million doses of the coronavirus vaccine as part of its efforts to ramp up vaccinations across the country. 

President Biden made the announcement Thursday afternoon while speaking to the staff of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). 


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“Just this afternoon, we signed the final contracts for 100 million more Moderna and 100 million more Pfizer vaccines,” Biden said Thursday while addressing NIH employees. 

“We’re also able to move up the delivery dates with an additional 200 million vaccines to the end of July, faster than we expected,” Biden said. 

The move brings the total number of doses in the U.S. to 600 million. That’s enough to fully vaccinate 300 million people as both treatments require two doses administered several weeks apart. 

Biden also announced that both Pfizer and Moderna agreed to expedite the delivery of a previous order of 100 million doses — promised by the end of June — to be delivered by the end of May. 

“That means lives will be saved,” Biden said. “It may not sound like the urgent progress we need, but let’s be clear, when I took office just three weeks ago, this country did not have a plan or enough vaccines, or people, to vaccinate Americans.” 

The president said his administration has increased weekly vaccine supply to states by nearly 30 percent.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 46 million COVID-19 doses have been administered and more than 68 million have been distributed across the country as of Thursday.


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Published on Feb 11, 2021