Press Release GAO Releases Development Tracker for Federally-Supported COVID-19 Vaccines

WASHINGTON, D.C. (February 11, 2021) — The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) today released an online dashboard that provides an interactive view of vaccine development data. The tool has information on the vaccines that received federal funding from the Operation Warp Speed program.

“Today’s website illustrates how GAO is innovating to be more responsive to the Congress and the public,” said Gene L. Dodaro, Comptroller General of the United States and head of the GAO. “The COVID-19 vaccine landscape is constantly changing. To report on it effectively, we’re bringing more timely data to our in-depth analysis.”

GAO sent questionnaires to the vaccine companies and used their responses to independently analyze the readiness of each company’s vaccine technology. Visitors can use the dashboard to interact with technology readiness data on each of the vaccines in the program and view additional data, such as the review status for each vaccine and information about clinical trials (https://ows.gaoinnovations.gov/vaccine-tracker.)

The website also offers additional resources, including GAO’s analysis of Operation Warp Speed program funding and information from industry sources and federal agencies on vaccine manufacturing challenges. Data is pulled from a number of government websites and will be displayed as those are updated and as GAO updates its own information.

A report, also released today, accompanies the website. The report looks at how the vaccine companies accelerated and combined some steps in the development process to meet unprecedented timeframes. In addition, it describes what is being done to address manufacturing challenges. For example, agencies have worked to expedite procurement and delivery of critical manufacturing equipment. 

The website and report provide Congress and the public with independently-verified, science-based information on federal efforts in COVID-19 vaccine development. As more data becomes available, GAO expects to add to the website and issue new reports on federal efforts in vaccine manufacturing, distribution, and administration.

For more information, contact Chuck Young, Managing Director of Public Affairs, at 202-512-4800.

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