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By the Numbers: 8 Things to Know About Operation Warp Speed


Washington, D.C. – Each day Operation Warp Speed (OWS) moves closer to its goal of delivering 300 million doses of a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine to the American people by January 2021. The public-private partnership is efficiently and rapidly coordinating in every step of the process to get a safe and effective vaccine to Americans – from development to distribution. OWS is also supporting the development of COVID-19 therapeutics and diagnostics. Throughout this pandemic, the Energy and Commerce Committee has been conducting oversight and staying in regular contact with top public health officials to monitor the ongoing response, as well as ensure only a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine is given final approval by scientists.

Here are eight facts about E&C’s and OWS’s work:

100+ vaccine candidates – OWS narrowed down the pool of vaccine candidates from over 100 to only the strongest in deciding which clinical trials the federal government would support.

Second Wave Preparedness Project – The project – which consists of three pillars from E&C Republicans to help guide the ongoing response effort and prepare for a potential uptick of COVID-19 infections in the fall –  included a report with recommendations to support the search for a vaccine and potential therapeutics. When the report was released, Energy and Commerce Committee Republican Leader Greg Walden (R-OR) and Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Republican Leader Brett Guthrie (R-KY) said, “As American innovators continue to race toward new treatments and a vaccine, it’s important the federal government do everything it can to prepare to ramp up production and distribution quickly and efficiently.”

30,000 people – That’s the minimum number of participants that must be enrolled in Phase 3 clinical trials. This was one of the reasons Walden, Guthrie, and Health Subcommittee Republican Leader Dr. Michael Burgess (R-TX) listed in their op-ed in The Hill on why we should have confidence in the COVID-19 vaccine(s) FDA says meets the safety and efficacy requirements.

4 years – That’s the fastest a vaccine has ever been developed before OWS. Watch Guthrie ask vaccine manufacturers to explain how a COVID-19 vaccine can be developed in 12-18 months without compromising safety and efficacy.

5 minutes – The amount of time it takes you to sign up to participate in clinical trials. The more people enrolled, the better. Learn more HERE.

6 federal entities – That’s the number of federal entities taking the lead on the government side of the OWS public-private partnership. Those entities are: the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), and the Department of Defense (DoD).

7/21/2020 – That’s the date vaccine manufacturers appeared before the Oversight & Investigations Subcommittee as part of E&C’s oversight of the development of a COVID-19 vaccine. Highlights of the hearing can be found HERE.

There are currently eight strong COVID-19 vaccine candidates being supported by OWS.

Learn more about Operation Warp Speed in a video released by House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy earlier this week HERE.