Johnson & Johnson Agrees With US Government To Supply 100 Million COVID-19 Vaccine Doses
100 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine, courtesy of Johnson & Johnson, will be supplied to the US according to an agreement between the pharmaceutical company and the government.
When will the COVID-19 vaccine get to the rest of the world? There is no definite answer yet. This is because the doses that Johnson & Johnson will be supplying are still experimental.
According to a Bloomberg news release, the Trump administration had reached an agreement with the company on Wednesday 5th August 2020. Johnson & Johnson’s Jansen Pharmaceuticals’ SARS-CoV-2 unit had developed the vaccine.
There is no fixed date for them to begin deploying the vaccine. This is not the first deal for a COVID-19 vaccine supply that the US government has reached.
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Previously, it had signed deals with Pfizer Inc. and Moderna Inc. as well. The deals ensure that the US first gets its hands on the vaccines that these companies develop to fight the virus.
The report claims that the US Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority is investing $1 billion into the agreement. Also, the authorities may buy 200 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine in another deal.
Yesterday, CNBC Africa reported that the pharmaceutical giant had begun human trials in the US and Belgium. It had reportedly seen positive results in studying monkeys.
The United States has become the country with the highest number of recorded COVID-19 cases. As of when this article was published, it had recorded nearly 5 million cases and 160,000+ deaths.
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