US Price for Pfizer COVID Vaccine Includes Company Distribution Efforts Directed By DOD, CDC
Pfizer is responsible for distribution work as part of its $1.95bn agreement with the US government for its COVID-19 vaccine. The CDC and Defense Department will lead a joint vaccination effort, senior adminsitration officals said, raising concerns of public health experts who say DOD support will be useful for the unprecented vaccination campaign, but public health leadership will be critical for public buy-in.
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The previous administration’s forethought may have given the Trump team a leg up in vaccine distribution. McKesson’s experience as a central distributor for the Vaccines for Children’s program, H1N1 and its role in seasonal flu vaccine distribution should make it well positioned to handle the COVID-19 effort in the US, experts said.
While AstraZeneca’s adenovirus candidate is expected to use Operation Warp Speed’s platform, its start date remains cloaked; the Janssen and Novavax candidates are expected to enter Phase III in September and October, respectively.