Big jump in vaccine supply is coming soon, drug executives assure

Big jump in vaccine supply is coming soon, drug executives assure
Source: AP
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Daily US Times: On Tuesday, coronavirus vaccine makers told Congress to expect a big jump in the delivery of doses over the coming month. The vaccine producers insist they will be able to provide enough for most Americans to get inoculated by summer.

By the end of March, Moderna and Pfizer expect to have provided the US government with a total of 220 million vaccine doses, up sharply from the roughly 75 million shipped so far.

Moderna President Stephen Hoge said: “We do believe we’re on track.” Outlined ways the company has ramped up production, he said: “We think we’re at a very good spot.”

That’s not counting a third vaccine, from Johnson & Johnson, which is expected to get a green light from regulators soon. On Tuesday, the Biden administration said that it expects about 2 million doses of that vaccine to be shipped in the first week, but the company told lawmakers it should provide enough of the single-dose option for 20 million people by the end of March.

Looking ahead to summer, Moderna and Pfizer expect to complete delivery of 300 million vaccine doses each, and Johnson & Johnson aims to provide an additional 100 million doses.

That would be more than enough to vaccinate every American adult, the goal set by president Biden’s administration.

Two other manufacturers, AstraZeneca and Novavax, have vaccines in the pipeline and anticipate eventually adding to those totals.

As all the companies are lined up, it is expected a big jump in vaccination in coming month.

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