The White House said that the funds will begin to be allocated in the “coming weeks.”
The U.S. authorities intend to allocate an additional almost $3 billion to develop the production of vaccines, including against the new coronavirus. This was stated at a briefing by the White House coordinator for combating the spread of this infection, Jeff Zients.
“Today, we are taking another step to increase the production of the most important components for the production of vaccines in the United States,” he said. Zients noted that we are talking about “investments of almost $3 billion in the vaccine supply chain.” According to him, the funds will be allocated in the “coming weeks.”
The money will be given to companies that produce various components necessary for the production of vaccines. It is assumed that they will be able to create “new production lines and enterprises.” It is not yet specified which firms will receive these funds.
According to Zients, these measures will allow the United States to better prepare for “threats of the future” in the health sector.
According to Johns Hopkins University, more than 39.4 million cases of coronavirus infection were detected in the United States, more than 643 thousand people died. The country ranks first in the world in both indicators.