US removes Defense Production Act ratings for some vaccines

The U.S. recently removed priority ratings from vaccine orders from Novavax, AstraZeneca and Sanofi. (Photo: Novavax)

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The decision: Last week, the U.S. announced it was removing the priority ratings issued under the Defense Production Act for vaccines made by Sanofi, AstraZeneca and Novavax. Orders for other vaccines remain prioritized.

The Defense Production Act, or DPA, allows the president to place priority ratings on government orders, which compels companies to accept and prioritize those orders.  Companies...

https://www.freightwaves.com/news/us-removes-defense-production-act-ratings-for-some-vaccines

Biden signs executive order to strengthen COVID supply chains

Shortages in COVID-19-related equipment and vaccines have prompted an executive order from President Joe Biden to address urgent supply gaps by coordinating, monitoring and strengthening supply chains.

The executive order, called A Sustainable Public Health Supply Chain and signed on Thursday, was one of a flurry of presidential actions issued by Biden after he was sworn in on Wednesday.

The order directs federal agencies “to fill supply shortfalls using all available legal authorities, including...

https://www.freightwaves.com/news/biden-signs-executive-order-to-strengthen-covid-supply-chains

White House Considers Defense Production Act Authorities

President Donald J. Trump, joined members of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, listens to a reporter’s question during a coronavirus update briefing on March 16, 2020. White House Photo

President Donald Trump said Wednesday he will use the Defense Production Act, referring to authorities granted to the executive branch in 1950, to ensure U.S. industries have the support needed to produce critical equipment to help stem the spread of COVID-19.

“We’ll be invoking the Defense Production Act,...

https://news.usni.org/2020/03/18/white-house-considers-defense-production-act-authorities

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