President Biden announced Tuesday that the US is buying 200 million more doses of coronavirus vaccines, and hopes to have them by summer as part of a package of measures aimed at speeding up and increasing vaccine supply for the US.
The US plans to buy 100 million more doses from Pfizer/BioNTech and 100 million more from Moderna, he said.
That’s a 50% increase in the order for each vaccine, increasing the planned supply from 400 million to 600 million, Biden said.
Pfizer and Moderna are working to step up production.
Biden added the additional vaccine supply will be enough to vaccinate 300 million Americans by end of the summer and beginning of the fall.