Biden says U.S. will have enough coronavirus vaccine doses for every adult by end of May 2021

Biden says U.S. will have enough coronavirus vaccine doses for every adult by end of May 2021

Biden says U.S. will have enough coronavirus vaccine doses for every adult by end of May 2021

By / Top News / Wednesday, 03 March 2021 19:42

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden said Tuesday the United States will have enough vaccines for every adult by the end of May, two months earlier than the administration had previously estimated.

He said the U.S. was able to speed up the timeline under a deal with Johnson & Johnson to accelerate production of its single-dose vaccine, including an agreement in which Merck will assist Johnson & Johnson with its production, and use of the Defense Production Act to secure necessary equipment and materials.

Biden also said that the federal government will be working to make sure every teacher is able to get the first dose of the vaccination this month. Starting this week, he said, teachers will be able to schedule an appointment at a local pharmacy for a vaccination, though he did not provide details as to how they might be able to schedule those sessions.

"Our goal is to do everything we can to help every educator receive a shot this month, the month of March," Biden said.

The deal between the two major pharmaceutical companies, first reported by The Washington Post, was brokered by the Biden administration after officials found out that Johnson & Johnson had fallen behind in the production of its vaccine.

The partnership will involve two Merck facilities, one of which will produce the vaccine while the other carries out the last phase of the manufacturing process, an administration official said. Biden said the administration was using the Defense Production Act to help Merck equip its facilities to make the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

 

"This is the type of collaboration between companies we saw in World War II," Biden said.

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