The US is buying an additional 100 million doses of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine

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The US hopes to immunize 20 million people this month. (File)

Washington:

The US bought an additional 100 million doses of the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine against Covid-19. The shots should be fired by July, announced the Pentagon on Wednesday.

This brings the current U.S. supply of Covid-19 vaccines to 400 million doses – half from Pfizer and the other half from Moderna – and enables 200 million people to be immunized under the two-shot regime.

“Under the terms of the agreement, Pfizer will deliver at least 70 million cans by June 30, 2021, with the remainder of the 100 million cans being delivered no later than July 31, 2021,” said a Defense Department statement.

The deal, which came after reports from the Trump administration about the possibility of better supply of the shot, “also includes options for an additional 400 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine,” the Department of Defense said added.

The U.S. is hoping to immunize 20 million people this month, with long-term care residents and health workers at the forefront.

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On Sunday, a committee of experts said that people aged 75 and over, along with 30 million frontline essential workers, including teachers, grocery store clerks and police officers, should be the next to be vaccinated.

“This new federal purchase can give Americans even more confidence that we have enough supplies to vaccinate any American who wants by June 2021,” Health Secretary Alex Azar said in the statement.

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