Administration secures 66 million doses of Moderna’s variant-specific COVID-19 vaccine booster

July 29, 2022
Potential use in fall and winter 2022.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD), announced an agreement to purchase 66 million doses of Moderna’s bivalent COVID-19 vaccine booster candidate for potential use in the fall and winter.

This contract announcement follows a recommendation by the FDA last month that vaccine manufacturers update their existing COVID-19 vaccines to create a bivalent booster that can target BA.4 and BA.5 Omicron subvariants.

This purchase is in addition to the 105 million bivalent COVID-19 vaccine booster doses the U.S. government purchased recently from Pfizer for potential use later this year, pending FDA authorization and a recommendation by CDC. Pending those FDA and CDC actions, HHS would receive the first deliveries of the Moderna and Pfizer vaccine booster doses in early fall.

HHS release 

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