U.S. secures 300 million doses of potential AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine. The United States has secured almost a third of the first one billion doses planned for AstraZeneca’s experimental COVID-19 vaccine by pledging up to $1.2 billion, as world powers scramble for medicines to get their economies back to work.
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US orders 300M doses of AstraZeneca’s coronavirus vaccine. The feds have ordered 300 million doses of a potential coronavirus vaccine from British drugmaker AstraZeneca, officials said Thursday.
The company will get up to $1.2 billion from the US Department of Health and Human Services to speed the development and production of the vaccine with the goal of delivering the first doses as early as October, according to officials.
The deal between AstraZeneca and HHS’s Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority includes clinical studies that will start this summer with about 30,000 US volunteers, officials said.
But AstraZeneca acknowledged that the vaccine may not work as it’s still being studied. The Food and Drug Administration must sign off on it before it’s made available, the feds said.
In some nations, government isolation centers helped reduce coronavirus infections. The U.S. has resisted the strategy. In Hong Kong, anyone known to have been exposed to the novel coronavirus was dispatched by authorities to a government-run facility to quarantine for two weeks. Recently, officials announced that weeks had passed with no new locally transmitted coronavirus cases.
In South Korea, people with moderate symptoms were ordered to decamp to isolation centers. That country’s response to the virus is hailed as a model for the world.
But even as centralized, out-of-home quarantine and isolation appeared helpful in breaking the chain of transmission in other countries, the United States has remained largely resistant to isolating people in government-run centers away from their homes. And in places where voluntary isolation facilities are available, local officials are finding fewer people taking advantage of them than expected.
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