The White House has announced that the federal government will spend $100 million to help the vaccine partnership between Merck & Co and Johnson & Johnson to accelerate COVID-19 vaccine production.
White House senior adviser Andy Slavitt said on Wednesday that the money will help Johnson & Johnson double its production of vaccines.
About 200 million doses were expected to be delivered to the federal government by the end of May.
The federal government also expects to deliver the a billion doses of vaccines by the end of the year.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki earlier announced that Merck & Co will help manufacture Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine.
Johnson & Johnson released a data suggesting that one dose of vaccine was 66 percent effective in preventing moderate to severe COVID-19 and 100 percent effective in preventing COVID-19–related hospitalization and death.