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Ask 2: When the COVID-19 vaccine is released to the public, how much is going to cost and who is going to pay for it?

FILE - In this July 27, 2020, file photo, nurse Kathe Olmstead prepares a shot that is part of a possible COVID-19 vaccine, developed by the National Institutes of Health and Moderna Inc., in Binghamton, N.Y. Moderna said Monday, Nov. 16, 2020, its COVID-19 shot provides strong protection against the coronavirus that's surging in the U.S. and around the world. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink, File)
FILE - In this July 27, 2020, file photo, nurse Kathe Olmstead prepares a shot that is part of a possible COVID-19 vaccine, developed by the National Institutes of Health and Moderna Inc., in Binghamton, N.Y. Moderna said Monday, Nov. 16, 2020, its COVID-19 shot provides strong protection against the coronavirus that's surging in the U.S. and around the world. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink, File) (Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

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Question: When the COVID-19 vaccine is released to the public, how much is going to cost and who is going to pay for it?

Answer: Recent reports offer hope that the coronavirus vaccine will be widely available at no additional cost in the United States.

Under the Trump Administration, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is taking steps to ensure all Americans have access to the COVID-19 vaccine at no cost when it becomes available, its website states.

“Under President Trump’s leadership, we have developed a comprehensive plan to support the swift and successful distribution of a safe and effective vaccine for COVID-19,” CMS Administrator Seema Verma said.

Additionally, the Washington Post reports hundreds of millions of vaccine doses have been pre-purchased with taxpayer money, and the U.S. federal government has vowed to make them available free.

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