MADRID, 12 Dic. (EUROPA PRESS) –
The United States has exercised its option on Friday to buy an additional 100 million doses of the modern company’s coronavirus vaccine project, as confirmed by the company itself in a statement.
With this acquisition, the United States, the country in the world most affected by the pandemic, has already purchased 200 million vaccines from the pharmaceutical laboratory and still has options for which it could purchase another 300 million doses.
The vaccines ordered this Friday will be delivered to the North American country during the second half of 2021, while the company will make the first 20 million doses available to the Executive in the remainder of the year.
“We appreciate the confidence of the United States Government in our candidate for the vaccine against coronavirus,” said the executive director of Moderna, Stéphane Bancel, in the statement.
Bancel has also assured that the company continues to increase its production capacity.
THE GOVERNMENT PRESSES TO APPROVE VACCINES
According to several US media, including CNN, Donald Trump’s chief of staff, Mark Meadows, called the Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Stephen Hahn, to pressure him to approve a bill on Friday. vaccine against the coronavirus, as the United Kingdom has already done.
In case he did not approve the use of the vaccine this Friday, he should “resign,” Meadows would have told Hahn. In a statement, Hahn has assured that interpreting the conversation like this was a “false representation of the call with the chief of staff” and has reiterated the commitment to quickly approve the vaccine that the agency has.
This Thursday, an FDA advisory panel of experts recommended emergency approval of the Pfizer-BionTech vaccine.
The event is not the first in which the pressure of the Trump Executive on the US health authorities to advance with the drug approval processes is questioned, since the US president’s statements in which he asked the FDA to hurry were they have even produced in public.
The last was this Friday when the president called the FDA a “big, old and slow turtle” on Twitter and asked Hahn to give him “the damn vaccines now.” In that same message, he also urged him to “stop playing fires and start saving lives.”