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Biden to implement 'wartime law' for Covid-19 vaccine

US President Joe Biden walks across the South Lawn as he departs the White House to spend the weekend in Delaware on February 05, 2021 in Washington, DC [Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images]
US President Joe Biden walks across the South Lawn as he departs the White House to spend the weekend in Delaware on February 05, 2021 in Washington, DC [Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images]

US President Joe Biden has announced that Merck & Co will help to produce rival Johnson & Johnson's single-shot Covid-19 vaccine in a partnership similar to those seen during World War Two, Reuters has reported. A wartime law is being invoked to require Merck & Co to help produce the newly-approved vaccine.

"As a consequence of the stepped-up process that I've ordered and just outlined," explained Biden, "this country will have enough vaccine supply — I'll say it again — for every adult in America by the end of May."

According to the New York Times, Merck is the world's second-largest vaccine manufacturer. Its own attempt at a coronavirus vaccine was unsuccessful.

US officials described Biden's vision of a wartime effort to fight the coronavirus as being similar to the manufacturing campaigns in place when Franklin D. Roosevelt was president.

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