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Covid-19: Biden buys 200 million doses of vaccines to tackle supply shortages across US

BMJ 2021; 372 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.n246 (Published 27 January 2021) Cite this as: BMJ 2021;372:n246

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  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. New York, USA

President Joe Biden announced on 26 January that he had purchased 200 million more doses of the two authorised vaccines—100 million doses of the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine and 100 million doses of the Moderna vaccine—for what he called a “wartime effort to tackle the supply shortages we inherited from the previous administration.”1

At the same time he warned that the death toll from the virus might be half a million by the end of February.2

The Biden administration said that beginning next week it would increase by 16% the supply of vaccines distributed to states, tribes, and territories from 8.6 million doses per week to a minimum of 10 million doses, allowing more people to get vaccinated sooner than previously anticipated. It …

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