Mar 31, 2020
Our lethargic US government is finally moving on coronavirus vaccines to the tune of $1 billion. BARDA, the Biomedical Advances Research and Development Authority, part of the Health and Human Services agency, has signed contracts to develop and manufacture a vaccine.
Moderna, a biotech company that has a vaccine candidate, has begun testing it. BARDA is also talking about alternative vaccines with Pfizer, Sanofi, and Johnson and Johnson’s own labs.
J&J will use the government grant to ramp up manufacturing capacity to produce at least 1 billion doses of the vaccine. Even so, safe and effective vaccine will not be available until late 2021, but it will come.
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