Merck’s selection comes only days after the company inked partnerships aimed at advancing COVID-19 vaccines.
For months, amid the worsening pandemic—and as many of its peers piled into COVID-19 vaccine research—Merck had been quiet. But as a leading vaccine producer worldwide, the company clearly has earned the respect of an administration searching for a winning shot.
Operation Warp Speed, officially unveiled last month, aims to speed COVID-19 vaccines to the public in record time. The administration has tapped former GSK vaccine head Moncef Slaoui as a leader for the group that’s incorporating expertise from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Defense and more in the work.