Coronavirus developers told house members on Tuesday that they plan to dramatically increase supplies in the coming weeks.
The executives of Pfizer and Moderna, the only two companies to date received an emergency vaccine permit from the US government, said they would be able to deliver more than 130 million additional doses combined by the end of March.
The companies said they no longer face shortages of raw materials and have largely solved production challenges that limit initial production and lead to bottlenecks as demand far exceeds supply.
In combination, the two companies have contracts to provide 600 million doses, which they say will be ready by the end of July. Between each company with which the United States has contracts, the Trump and Biden administrations have provided enough pre-ordered doses to vaccinate almost twice the entire population of the United States.
“Some of the companies here today still do not have the number of doses they promised to deliver initially when they testified before this subcommittee in July,”
DeGette added that “many companies received significant federal investment to build their production capacity last year, even in the course of clinical trials.”
According to the government’s accountability service report last month, the Trump administration’s Warp Speed operation had committed about $ 13 billion to the development and production of vaccines, including funding to increase existing capacity.
John Young, Pfizer’s chief business officer, told lawmakers that the company has delivered about 40 million doses so far.
But Young said the company is set to deliver a total of 120 million doses by the end of March and an additional 80 million doses by the end of May.
“Due to the urgent need to vaccinate more people, we have increased the production of doses,” he said, noting that the company has invested significantly in local production sites.
The investment is needed because the company will have to increase its deliveries from approximately 4 million to 5 million doses per week in early February to over 13 million doses per week by mid-March.
Johnson & Johnson, which has not yet received an emergency permit for its vaccine, said it plans to have enough doses for more than 20 million Americans by the end of March.
This vaccine, unlike Pfizer and Moderna, requires only one dose, so 20 million doses would vaccinate just as many people.
Richard Nettles, U.S. vice president of health for the Infectious Diseases and Vaccines Unit of Johnson and Johnson, said the company would have 4 million doses ready to be shipped immediately if and when the shot is authorized by the Food and Drug Administration ( FDA).
The FDA’s advisory committee meets Friday to review the company’s application, and emergency approval may come shortly thereafter.
Johnson and Johnson’s goals are more optimistic than Biden administration officials have previously acknowledged. Earlier this month, the White House response coordinator for COVID-19 Jeff ZientsJeff Zients The Morning Report on Hill – Biden on COVID-19: Americans Will Be “Better” at Night Next Year Healthcare: CDC Study Says Double Masking Works | Democrats in parliament are proposing a multibillion-dollar relief package for COVID-19 Industry groups back ObamaCare reforms proposed by Democrats Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by TikTok – Day 1 goes to Dems as GOP evaporates from Trump’s lawyers MORE said the United States is expected to receive only “several million” doses of Johnson and Johnson when it is initially approved for use.
At the same time, the Biden administration is also increasing its distribution to states.
White House spokesman Jen PsakiJen Psaki’s Road to Tanden Seems Unsustainable Asia-Pacific-US Caucasus Calls Senators to Confirm Tanden Biden to Order Flags on Half of Officials to Mark 500K Deaths MORE said Tuesday that states will now receive 14.5 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine per week, an increase of about 1 million doses per week.
Psaki said Zients announced this in a conversation with governors on Tuesday morning.
However, getting vaccines is not the same as getting vaccines. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, just over 65 million doses have been administered, while 82 million doses have been delivered.