Biden Set to Announce Merck Vaccine Partnership With Johnson & Johnson

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    President Joe Biden will announce Tuesday that Merck & Co. Inc. will help make Johnson & Johnson’s single-shot coronavirus vaccine, the White House confirmed.

    Assistant Press Secretary Kevin Munoz said via Twitter that Biden would announce the “historic partnership,” reported earlier by the Washington Post. White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain said in a tweet that Biden would announce the deal in afternoon remarks.

    J&J’s vaccine was authorized for U.S. use on Saturday, adding a third shot to the country’s inoculation efforts.

    The company immediately allocated a stockpile of 3.9 million doses, which are already being shipped, and has said it will provide 16 million more by the end of the month — though Biden officials have said that those doses will skew heavily toward the end of the month.

    Jeff Zients, who serves as Biden’s Covid-19 response coordinator, has said the administration is working with J&J to expand its production capacity.

    Merck spokesman Patrick Ryan said the company remained committed to contributing to the global response to the pandemic but declined to comment directly on a potential collaboration.

    J&J didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

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