Pfizer and BioNtech agree with the United States to provide an additional 100 million vaccines against COVID-19

Washington, DC – Pfizer and BioNTech will release an additional 100 million doses of the coronavirus vaccine under a new agreement with the United States government.

The contract with the pharmaceutical companies is $ 2 billion. The two drug companies announced on Wednesday that they hope to ship all doses by July 31. But the first 70 million would be ready by June. The government has the option to purchase an additional 400 million doses.

Pfizer was contracted to supply 100 million doses to the US government.

Pfizer’s vaccine was the first to receive approval from the Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and last week it began shipping shipments to several states across the country. The Moderna vaccine, which was developed in conjunction with the National Institutes of Health, has also recently been approved.

United States Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar said in a statement that “it will have delivered enough to vaccinate all Americans who want it by 2021.”

Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla, for his part, said that “with these additional 100 million doses, the United States will be able to protect more individuals and hopefully end this devastating pandemic more quickly.”