Senate authorizes purchase of more Pfizer vaccines

Army Spc. Angel Laureano holds a vial of the COVID-19 vaccine, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, Md., Dec. 14, 2020. (DoD photo by Lisa Ferdinando)

The first Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine has yet to arrive, but meanwhile, the Senate on 11 May 2021 amended the contract with the pharmaceutical and will buy two million more vaccine doses. The agreement stipulates an additional payment to Pfizer for US$24,001,380. In January 2021, Congress had authorized the purchase of eight million for US$95,998,500. This brings the total of the contracted Pfizer vaccines to US$119,999,880 for the ten million doses.

The Presidency had submitted the amendments to the Senate.

There is no known date for the arrival of the Pfizer vaccines. Meanwhile, most Dominicans have been vaccinated with the Sinovac/Coronavac vaccine from China.

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12 May 2021