Pfizer now produces about 5 million doses per week
Pfizer CEO Albert Burla said that he expects to double the number of doses of the COVID-19 vaccine it produces: Pfizer currently produces about 5 million doses per week.
U.S. President Joe Biden expressed confidence that he will be able to fulfill his promise to distribute 100 million doses of vaccines in his first hundred days in office.
“Now we expect to be able to provide all Americans with vaccines by the end of July. That doesn’t mean that all Americans will be vaccinated, but that enough doses will be available,” Biden said.
Pfizer said it will provide the U.S. with 100 million doses by the end of March and another 100 million by the end of May. As of Feb. 17, the company had delivered 40 million doses.
Moderna, which also makes the vaccine, has agreed to deliver 300 million doses to the U.S. by the end of July.
Anthony Fauci, an adviser to President Biden, earlier noted that demand for the vaccines greatly exceeds supply.
Less than 15% of the U.S. population has now been vaccinated; the COVID-19 epidemic has claimed nearly 500,000 lives.