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What is Operation Warp Speed?

"Earlier this year, President Trump launched Operation Warp Speed"

"Moncef Slaoui, chief adviser to Operation Warp Speed"

"Operation Warp Speed is the Trump administration's multibillion-dollar push to develop and manufacture hundreds of millions of doses of coronavirus vaccine."

"Operation Warp Speed's goal is to produce and deliver 300 million doses of safe and effective vaccines with the initial doses available by January 2021, as part of a broader strategy to accelerate the development, manufacturing, and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, therapeutics, and diagnostics (collectively known as countermeasures)."

"Using the resources of the federal government and the U.S. private sector, Operation Warp Speed (OWS) will accelerate the testing, supply, development, and distribution of safe and effective vaccines, therapeutics, and diagnostics to counter COVID-19 by January 2021."

"Operation Warp Speed (OWS) — a partnership of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Department of Defense (DOD), and the private sector — aims to accelerate control of the Covid-19 pandemic by advancing development, manufacturing, and distribution of vaccines, therapeutics, and diagnostics. OWS is providing support to promising candidates and enabling the expeditious, parallel execution of the necessary steps toward approval or authorization of safe products by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)."

"Operation Warp Speed has invested in six vaccine candidates (Moderna, Pfizer/BioNTech, Johnson & Johnson, AstraZeneca, Novavax, and Sanofi /GSK) with the hope that at least a couple will prove safe and effective in clinical trials."

"In July, Pfizer got a $1.95 billion deal with the government’s Operation Warp Speed, the multiagency effort to rush a vaccine to market, to deliver 100 million doses of the vaccine."

"The Trump administration has spent $10 billion through the project already, paying companies to conduct their clinical research and also to pre-manufacture doses of their vaccine candidates so that, if the vaccine should win FDA approval, they can start distributing it as quickly as possible. There is some variation in how much the drugmakers are participating — for example, Pfizer is not getting any money for its clinical trials but signed a contract for manufacturing — but most of the companies with vaccines in phase 3 trials are participating: AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson, Moderna, Novavax, Pfizer."

Inside Operation Warp Speed’s $18 Billion Sprint for a Vaccine

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