How fast can we manufacture and distribute vaccines in the US if Biden uses the Defense Production Act

I don’t know what the bottlenecks are in vaccine manufacturing and distribution. I also know a lot of other nations have the infrastructure to manufacture vaccines and I assume/hope they are doing the same thing all over the world.

If the federal government took charge and made businesses make manufacturing and distribution of the vaccine a priority how fast could vaccines get produced in the US alone?

What are the bottlenecks in vaccine manufacture and distribution?

Excellent question.

Can Biden’s people get a plant that makes vaccine vials to instantly throw on a second or third shift? Or is that already done, so more vials for COVID can only mean something else goes into shortage?

In WWII, in the U.S., there were noticeable shortages. People who complained were told “Don’t you know there’s a war on?” In this case, the shortage would be much more brief.

What is it that needs to go short to win the vaccine war? Neither you nor I know.

When the census ended, why didn’t the government offer competent census takers training in giving shots? They could have been working Christmas, and today. Instead, exhausted nurses today stayed home, or treated people with COVID.

It’s a little late to train staff now.

doctors, nurses and pharmacists can all administer vaccinations I believe. that’s about five million workers. I don’t think that’s the bottleneck.

I think it’s more manufacturing the vaccine that’s the bottleneck. but can’t Biden tell private biotechnology companies with the equipment to stop producing whatever they’re making and start making vaccines?

Don’t some of the “ingredients” in a vaccine have to be grown/cultured? No amount of extra labor or floor space is going to make that happen faster. You can’t buy time.

With the DPA couldn’t Biden make other biotech companies with the infrastructure switch over to growing/culturing those ingredients?

I don’t know what all goes into the manufacture of RNA base pairs.

This NPR story from yesterday indicates that administration is, indeed, one of the bottlenecks.

Also, while, yes, most (if not all) doctors, nurses, and pharmacists are trained and capable of administering vaccines, many of them are busy doing other things (including taking care of record numbers of COVID patients). I’ve read several stories indicating that local health officials are looking at ideas like recruiting retired medical professionals to do the vaccine administration.

I imagine that pretty much every facility capable of manufacturing vaccine is already doing so. The problem is that that’s a limited number. You can convert a factory that makes cars into a factory that makes tanks, but you can’t convert a factory that makes cars into a factory that makes vaccines.

You can’t even make a factory that makes standard vaccines suddenly able to produce mRNA vaccines.

Not so much with the mRNA vaccine as with traditional vaccines. I don’t know what the process is, but apparently it’s much faster, and requires a completely different production facility.

Our local vaccine manufacturer in Melbourne.Australia has reported that it would take a big chunk of a year to bring the new production method on line, by which time they don’t believe there will be a vaccine shortage.

The local vaccine that they were hoping to produce has been withdrawn, but they are still hoping that they will be able to produce one of the other non-mRNA vaccines when they are approved

Which also answers the OP: if the American government took over vaccine production, they could direct companies to build production facilities, which, by the time they were available, would be useless.