Biden Covid crew pronounces US plans to purchase extra J&J vaccine doses

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President Joe Biden’s Covid-19 Response Team holds a press conference Wednesday on the coronavirus pandemic that infected more than 29 million Americans and killed at least 527,720 people in just over a year.

Two government sources told NBC News that the U.S. government plans to buy 100 million additional doses of the Covid-19 vaccine from Johnson & Johnson. Biden will announce the plans on Wednesday during a White House meeting with executives from J&J and Merck.

J&J currently has a contract with the US government to provide 100 million cans by the end of June. The federal government shipped nearly 3.9 million doses of the single vaccine last week and plans to distribute an additional 16 million by the end of this month.

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