Pfizer and BioNTech SE to Get $1.95 Billion from U.S. Government for Covid-19 Vaccine Production

Pfizer | July 22, 2020

Pfizer Inc and German biotech firm BioNTech SE will get US$1.95 billion from the US government to produce and deliver 100 million doses of their Covid-19 vaccine candidate, the companies said on Wednesday. The agreement allows the US government to acquire an additional 500 million doses, the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Defense said. The Trump administration has agreed to spend billions of dollars for the development and procurement of a potential vaccine.

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On May 23rd, President Trump presented his budget request for the fiscal year 2018 (FY18) to Congress, outlining his spending priorities for the coming year. The FY18 budget request calls for $4.1 trillion to fund government operations in the next fiscal year. This would set funding at $69 billion in discretionary budget authority, down from $84.1 billion in FY17. The office of Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) within the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is responsible for administering nutrition assistance programs and the FY18 budget proposes level funding for FNS at $149 billion.

Spotlight

On May 23rd, President Trump presented his budget request for the fiscal year 2018 (FY18) to Congress, outlining his spending priorities for the coming year. The FY18 budget request calls for $4.1 trillion to fund government operations in the next fiscal year. This would set funding at $69 billion in discretionary budget authority, down from $84.1 billion in FY17. The office of Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) within the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is responsible for administering nutrition assistance programs and the FY18 budget proposes level funding for FNS at $149 billion.

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Forescout | August 12, 2022

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PC Matic Achieves FedRAMP Authorization

PC Matic | July 27, 2022

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Adorama Business Solutions | June 29, 2022

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