US-Pfizer pact for 100-mn more doses
Washington, December 23
US President Donald Trump has refused to sign the Covid relief Bill, saying the $600 stimulus payment to most Americans was not enough as he asked Congress to increase the amount to $2,000.
Trump, in a video posted on Twitter on Tuesday night, said the Bill delivered too much money to foreign countries, but not enough to Americans.
“Despite all of this wasteful spending and much more, the $900 billion package provides hardworking taxpayers with only $600 each in relief payments, and not enough money is given to small businesses and in particular restaurants whose owners have suffered grievously,” he said.
Meanwhile, the US will pay Pfizer Inc nearly $2 billion for 100 million additional doses of its Covid vaccine to bolster its supply as the country grapples with a nationwide spike in infections. Under the new agreement, Pfizer will deliver at least 70 million doses by June 30.
In UK, more areas can be placed under the strict curbs as the country saw 36,804 new Covid cases. — Agencies