Before Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine was proved extremely profitable in medical trials final month, the corporate supplied the Trump administration the prospect to lock in provides past the 100 million doses the pharmaceutical maker agreed to promote the federal government as a part of a $1.95 billion deal months in the past.

As the administration scrambles to attempt to buy extra doses of the vaccine, President Trump plans on Tuesday to signal an government order “to ensure that United States government prioritizes getting the vaccine to American citizens before sending it to other nations,” in response to a draft assertion and a White House official, although it was not instantly clear what power the president’s government order would carry.

That included whether or not it might broaden the U.S. provide of doses past what’s spelled out in current federal contracts.

The vaccine being produced by Pfizer and its German companion, BioNTech, is a two-dose remedy, that means that 100 million doses is sufficient to vaccinate solely 50 million Americans. The vaccine is predicted to obtain authorization for emergency use within the U.S. as quickly as this weekend, with one other vaccine, developed by Moderna, additionally more likely to be authorized for emergency use quickly.

Britain plans to start a vaccination drive on Tuesday utilizing the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, making it the primary Western nation to start out mass vaccinations.

On Nov. 11 — two days after Pfizer first introduced early outcomes indicating that its vaccine was greater than 90 % efficient — the European Union introduced that it had finalized a provide take care of Pfizer and BioNTech for 200 million doses, a deal they started negotiating in months earlier. Shipments might start by the tip of the 12 months, and the contract contains an choice for 100 million extra doses.

Asked if the Trump administration had missed an important likelihood over the summer time to snap up extra doses for Americans, a spokeswoman for the Department of Health and Human Services mentioned, “We are confident that we will have 100 million doses of Pfizer’s vaccine as agreed to in our contract, and beyond that, we have five other vaccine candidates.”

In an announcement, Pfizer mentioned that “any additional doses beyond the 100 million are subject to a separate and mutually acceptable agreement,” and that “the company is not able to comment on any confidential discussions that may be taking place with the U.S. government.”

The resolution to challenge the chief order was reported earlier by Fox News.