The United States has purchased at least 1 billion mRNA COVID-19 vaccine doses and spent over $18bn on COVID-19 vaccines and their development. With a population of just under 334 million, why did the American government purchase so many doses of mRNA COVID-19 vaccine doses?
Pfizer Contract with the US Government for 500 Million COVID-19 Vaccine Doses
The contract allows the US Army to purchase up to 500 million doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 mRNA vaccine. There are currently only 1.3 million active-duty military members in the United States.
Janseen Contract with US Army for 100 Million COVID-19 Vaccine Doses
The Janseen vaccine contract with the Department of Defense and US Army is for 100 million doses. Again, there are only 1.3 active-duty military members and the Department of Defense has 2.3 million total employees.
Below is the revised agreement:
Moderna Contract with US Gov’t for 500 Million COVID-19 Vaccine Doses
The Moderna COVID-19 contract includes options for 500 million vaccine doses over a 20 month period. There are roughly 1.3 million active-duty military members in the United States.
Summary of Operation Warp Speed Contracts for COVID-19 Vaccines
$18,194,800,000 was spent, as of March 1, 2021, on 1.2 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines and the development of a viral vector by the United States federal government. A total of 650 million individuals could be fully vaccinated with the total number of vaccines purchased. The United States population is only 332,597,418 according to the United States Census Bureaus’ “Population Clock.”
As of July 23rd, 2021, the United States government has purchased a total of 1 billion mRNA COVID-19 vaccines from Moderna and Pfizer (500 million each from Moderna and Pfizer):