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A Federal Coronavirus Vaccine Contract Released At Last, But Redactions Obscure Terms

Added 10-24-20 07:07:02pm EST - “Most of the federal contracts with companies involved in the crash program to make COVID-19 vaccines haven't been made public. The lack of disclosure raises questions about accountability.” - Npr.org

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Npr.org: “A Federal Coronavirus Vaccine Contract Released At Last, But Redactions Obscure Terms ”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

A heavily redacted supply contract between the federal government and vaccine developer Moderna, headquartered in Cambridge, Mass., was released Friday. JOSEPH PREZIOSO/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

A heavily redacted supply contract between the federal government and vaccine developer Moderna, headquartered in Cambridge, Mass., was released Friday.

Even as the companies enlisted by the government's Operation Warp Speed project to develop COVID-19 vaccines say they're making quick progress, details of their lucrative federal contracts have been slow to emerge.

But late Friday the Department of Health and Human Services released its August contract with Moderna. When announcing the deal, HHS said it was worth $1.5 billion and would secure the first 100 million doses of the company's vaccine and the option to buy up to 400 million more.

Overall, there is a lack of disclosure around the terms of the federal contracts with companies involved in the crash program to make COVID-19 vaccines. Most of the contracts haven't been released.

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