Vaccine production will be carried out in parallel with clinical trials
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, in conjunction with the Department of Defense, today announced an agreement with Moderna to manufacture and supply 100 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine..
Moderna will be manufacturing the vaccine during clinical trials. Production in parallel with clinical trials will accelerate the vaccine development schedule and allow the federal government to begin shipping safe and effective vaccines to Americans by the end of the year, the White House said in a statement..
The vaccine can be used after receiving approval from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
According to Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, the Trump administration is doing everything to ensure that the US has at least one safe and effective vaccine by early 2021..
The Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Agency (BARDA), part of the Ministry of Health, in conjunction with the Ministry of Defense, has helped secure up to $ 1.5 billion for the production and delivery of the vaccine throughout the country. The government may also purchase up to 400 million additional doses of vaccine.
Vaccinations will be free of charge, said in a statement.
The mRNA-1273 vaccine was developed by Moderna in collaboration with scientists from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID).
White House Statement
The White House statement quoted the president as saying that “we saved the time it took to develop a vaccine for several years, and we did so while maintaining the FDA’s gold safety standard.”.
U.S. plans to buy 200 million Covid-19 vaccine doses from Moderna, Pfizer
The White House stressed that as part of Operation Warp Speed, President Donald Trump and his administration are working with private business to release a safe and effective vaccine as soon as possible..
The federal government has already invested over $ 12 billion in the development of six potential COVID 19 vaccines. Agreements with companies such as Moderna, Sanofi, GlaxoSmithKline and Johnson & Johnson Helps Get Hundreds of Millions of Vaccines for Americans.
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