President Joe Biden will announce plans Wednesday to purchase an additional 100 million doses of the single-dose Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine, giving the U.S. more than enough supply to vaccinate the entire U.S. population.
Biden will announce that he is directing his Health and Human Services team to procure the additional doses during a meeting with executives from J&J and Merck, according to two administration officials.
“This order allows for the president to plan for the future and the latter part of the year,” said White House senior adviser on Covid response Andy Slavitt. “This is war time, and as facts still emerge it gives us maximum flexibility for our upcoming needs.”
Biden said this month that the U.S. was on track to have enough vaccine doses for every adult in the country to get vaccinated by the end of May after the Food and Drug Administration gave clearance for use of the J&J vaccine. Slavitt said it was too early to say when the additional doses would become available.