Pfizer And Moderna to significantly increase Covid-19 vaccine production this spring


Covid-19 vaccine distribution rates in the U.S. are likely to accelerate in the coming months to double what is now administered, as vaccine manufacturers pick up a sharp rise in production and the House White increases the number of doses it sends to states.

Key facts

Vaccine manufacturers Pfizer and Moderna confirmed to Congress on Tuesday that they are both delivering 300 million doses each by the end of July – which would give 300 million people a vaccine, as both designs require two doses – and manufacturing improvements will allow with them the increasing number of vaccines they can issue even faster.

Pfizer will be able to dispense more than 13 million doses by mid-March, Chief Business Officer John Young testified Tuesday – up from four to five million a week in early February – giving a total of 120 million doses by the end of March and a further 80 million doses by the end of May.

Moderna President Stephen Hoge told lawyers that the company will have delivered 100 million doses of the vaccine to the U.S. government by the end of March and will move up its schedule to send the second 100 million out by the end of May; more than 40 million monthly doses will be issued by April, doubling the company’s current level.

If the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is approved after consideration by the Food and Drug Administration later in the week, the company is on track to deliver enough of the one-shot vaccine to 20 million Covering Americans by the end of March and 100 million in the first half of 2021, Dr. Richard Nettles, U.S. Vice President of Medical Affairs at Infectious Diseases and Vaccines Janssen Johnson & Johnson, testified.

The federal government continues to increase the number of vaccines they distribute to states, announcing that states on Tuesday will receive 14.5 million doses this week – up from 13.5 million last week and 8.6 million in Biden’s first week in office, an increase of nearly 70%.

Bloomberg projects that there will be enough supply for vaccines to vaccinate 130 million Americans by the end of March based on the projections of the three companies, and about 200 million by 30 April.

A large number

65 million. That’s about how many doses of Covid-19 vaccine have been given so far in the U.S. as of Tuesday, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, with 19.8 million people so far receiving two doses of the vaccine. (The U.S. has a population of 332 million, all data cited by Reuters.) The U.S. released 1.3 million daily vaccine doses as of last week, according to Bloomberg, but Politico estimates that three million could vaccine doses to be available daily by April based on Pfizer and Moderna projections.

What do you look

President Joe Biden said last week that Covid-19 vaccines should be available to all Americans who want one by the end of July, thanks to Pfizer and Moderna contracts to 300 million views delivered each before that time.

Key background

U.S. vaccine distribution has been slow and hampered by supply challenges in several states, although Biden’s administration has made significant improvements to distribution such as partnering with pharmacies and opening sites. one-sided vaccines. Pfizer and Moderna’s forecasts come after the federal government recently entered into an agreement with the two companies to deliver an additional 200 million doses by the end of July, following reports that the Trump administration had seized several opportunities previous refusal to receive additional doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. Moderna and Pfizer vaccines are the only two approved for use so far in the U.S., but the FDA will discuss whether the Johnson & Johnson bullet should be approved on Friday. It is very likely that the AstraZeneca / Oxford vaccine, which is used in the United Kingdom, the European Union and several other countries, will not be approved in the US before the spring.

Further reading

The US will have enough vaccines for 130 million people by the end of March (Bloomberg)

The US was set to receive 3M vaccine doses a day by April (Politico)

Vaccine says vaccine will be available to all Americans by the end of July (Forbes)

Biden buys enough doses of covid vaccine to vaccinate almost every American – but that’s not right away (Forbes)

US Accelerates Covid Vaccine Circulation – Here Are the Latest Initiatives (Forbes)

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