U.S. President Donald J. Trump said on Thursday that the Department of Defense was being tasked with a national vaccination program, as the Department of Defense awarded a contract for 500 million vaccine syringes.
He also named a “vaccine czar” for “Operation Warp Speed,” the program that is accelerating a Corona Virus vaccine through the approvals process by year’s end.
Moncef Slaoui, a former GlaxoSmithKine executive, was tapped for the role. Slaoui will be working in a volunteer capacity with assistance from Army Gen. Gustave Perna, the commander of United States Army Materiel Command.
A $138 million contract for pre-filled syringes for the Corona Virus vaccine has been awarded to Apiject Systems America.
The contract was awarded by the Department of Defense (DOD) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) for “Project Jumpstart” and “RAPID USA” and will increase U.S. production capability for domestically manufactured, medical-grade injection devices starting by October 2020.
This contract will create a U.S. based high-speed supply chain for prefilled syringes using the established Blow-Fill-Seal (BFS) manufacturing technology, which can be used when a safe and proven vaccine is ready. The effort is led by the DOD’s Joint Acquisition Task Force (JATF), in coordination with the HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response.
Given the amount of vaccines being created — 500M syringes or “doses” are being created for a population of only 327M in the U.S, more than enough to vaccinate every single person.What was still unclear is if the vaccine would become mandatory.
Apiject said each vaccination has an optional RFID/NFC tag on each pre-filled syringe. Before administering the injection, the healthcare worker can launch a free mobile app, “tap” the prefilled syringe on the phone which captures the NFC tag’s unique serial number, GPS location and date/time.
The app uploads the injection data to a government-selected cloud database, providing a real time “injection map” to health administrators.
Unlike popular nightmare depictions of the scenario, the RFID tags are only on the syringes — these are not chips being inserted into your arm.
In Congress, HR Bill 6666 or the ‘‘COVID–19 Testing, 3 Reaching, And Contacting Everyone (TRACE) Act’’ is facing popular opposition for tracing and monitoring contacts of infected individuals, with many aspects that invade privacy, but it doesn’t broach the question of mandating a national vaccine.