Operation Warp Speed and the COVID-19 Vaccine
2021 | Case No. SM345 | Length 23 pgs.
As the COVID-19 pandemic shut down businesses and schools in 2020, global health authorities and governments kick-started the quest for a vaccine for the novel coronavirus. This case study details Operation Warp Speed, the $18 billion public-private partnership initiated by the U.S. government to accelerate the research, development, manufacture and distribution of COVID-19 vaccine therapies. The case explores the history of public-private partnerships in the United States, and the ambitious U.S. government effort to deliver 300 million doses of a COVID-19 vaccine by January 2021.
Learning ObjectiveThe case study is designed to help students explore the theory, economics, and risks of public-private partnerships—and specifically how to gauge the success of Operation Warp Speed, which aimed to develop and supply COVID-19 vaccine therapies in large quantities to vaccinate the U.S. population.
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