US Negotiates Up to 600 Million Free Doses of Coronavirus Vaccine

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The Trump administration has secured up to 600 million doses of a coronavirus vaccine from Pfizer that will be free to Americans; plus the latest news in the battle against COVID-19.

The US reaches deal on coronavirus vaccine, will be free for Americans

The Trump administration has negotiated a deal with Pfizer and BioNTech, a German biotech company, which could provide up to 600 million doses of their coronavirus vaccine.

The US announced it has reached a $1.95 billion deal and has placed an initial order of 100 million doses of the vaccine, which Americans will receive for free.

The US could also get up to 500 million additional doses. The United States has a population of over 300 million, The Hill reported.

In a joint statement, Pfizer and BioNTech announced “an agreement with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Defense to meet the U.S. government’s Operation Warp Speed program goal to begin delivering 300 million doses of a vaccine for COVID-19 in 2021.”

“Under the agreement, the U.S. government will receive 100 million doses of BNT162, the COVID-19 vaccine candidate jointly developed by Pfizer and BioNTech, after Pfizer successfully manufactures and obtains approval or emergency use authorization from U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA),” according to the statement.

“Americans will receive the vaccine for free consistent with the U.S. government’s commitment for free access for COVID-19 vaccines.”

The Daily Wire reported: “The BNT162 program is based on BioNTech’s proprietary mRNA technology and supported by Pfizer’s global vaccine development and manufacturing capabilities. The BNT162 vaccine candidates are undergoing clinical studies and aren’t currently approved for distribution anywhere in the world.”

President Trump urges wearing a mask and warns in coronavirus briefing: “Worse before it gets better”

President Donald Trump resumed coronavirus briefings from the White House on Tuesday.

“It will probably, unfortunately, get worse before it gets better,” Trump acknowledged. “Something I don’t like saying about things, but that’s the way it is.”

During the briefing, President Trump also urged Americans to wear a mask and encouraged younger people to “be smart” by avoiding crowded bars, USA Today reported.

“We’re asking everybody that when you are not able to socially distance, wear a mask, get a mask,” President Trump said. “Whether you like the mask or not, they have an impact, they’ll have an effect. We need everything we can get.”

California poised to surpass New York for most coronavirus cases

The state of California is expected to surpass New York State as having the highest number of coronavirus cases in the United States. California recorded more than 10,000 new cases on Tuesday, while New York only had 882, according to worldometers.info.

As of Wednesday morning, New York had a total of 435,753, while California had 410,176. At the current pace, California could surpass New York by the weekend.

The US had 4,045,559 total cases and 145,251 cases, 298 deaths, as of Wednesday morning.

By County, the leading numbers in the US are: Los Angeles County, California 162,025; Cook County, Illinois 99,464; Maricopa County, Arizona 98,988; Miami-Dade, Florida 89,557; and Queens, New York 66,557, according to the John Hopkins University United States coronavirus map, as of early Wednesday.