An average 55,845 people are vaccinated in Chicago everyday with 194,000 Illinoisans fully vaccinated. While the vaccine rollout has been criticized by many as being “too slow”, Pfizer is ramping up production.
It takes approximately 110 days and 3 locations around the country to produce a batch of the mRNA vaccine. There have been 20.6 million doses administered and with this new expedited process, they hope to increase inoculation. Due to the urgent need for the vaccine, production skipped ahead and went straight to commercial production and there have been learning curves along the way, ultimately guiding Pfizer to a much shorter production time of just 60 days. Although testing and quality control have been sped up, there was no compromise of FDA regulation. This 50% expedition of vaccine production will help reach President Biden’s goal of every American vaccinated by July. That’s roughly 3 million Americans a day.
Under the new Biden Administration, $20 billion is being allocated to boost vaccination efforts. That’s on top of the $1.95 million already paid to Pfizer by the government to produce the initial 100 million doses. Biden is also building on Trump’s reliance on commercial pharmacies by contributing part of the $1.9 trillion stimulus relief package to vaccination efforts. As part of the stimulus package a portion of the $400 billion will be allocated to the pandemic response through the national vaccination program and expanding testing.
As the world sits isolated, socially distanced, and over it all, Pfizer is focused on quality and production of another 1.3 billion doses, 100 million designated for the United States with another 100 million doses slated for the second quarter. Homewatch CareGivers staff was fortunate enough to be in class 1a and we are busy ensuring we offer you peace of mind with your health and safety our priority.