Although the federal government won’t break ground on a vaccine manufacturing plant until next year, a Biden administration plans to double the number of vaccine manufacturers in the United States.
Biden aides spent the weekend discussing a potential Cabinet post for Tom Frieden, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in a cabinet-level meeting called by Vice President Joe Biden. “We are conducting an extensive search of potential HHS, CDC leaders to replace Tom Frieden, who will be leaving this summer,” said Biden spokesman Steve Ricchetti.
Details of how the Biden administration would expand vaccine production were not disclosed.
There are currently five FDA-regulated vaccine manufacturers in the United States. Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, was asked if the VP’s administration would push for a fourth drug manufacturer to be approved and he replied: “That is an absolutely responsible thing to do.”
The Biden administration hopes that expanding vaccine production could increase public health preparedness and reduce the prices of the remaining vaccines on the market.
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