HealthDay News — Vaccine maker Novavax will receive $1.6 billion from the U.S. government to provide 100 million doses of a COVID-19 vaccine by early 2021, the Maryland-based company said Monday.

This is the largest deal announced by the Trump administration to date as part of its attempts to provide COVID-19 vaccines and treatments to Americans as soon as possible, The New York Times reported.

The $1.6 billion is coming from a “collaboration” between the Health and Human Services Department and the Defense Department, according to a Novavax spokeswoman. Novavax has never brought a product to market, The Times reported.

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In May, the Trump administration said it would give up to $1.2 billion to British pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca, which has said it could have a vaccine available by October. Federal funding has also been given to four other companies — Moderna Therapeutics, Johnson & Johnson, Merck, and Sanofi — for their experimental COVID-19 vaccines, The Times reported.

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