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DHA Contributions to the Success of Operation Warp Speed


December 14, 2020

Fort Sam Houston, Texas – Defense Health Agency personnel are playing a key role in implementation of Operation Warp Speed, the U.S. government initiative to produce and deliver 300 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine by January 2021.

The DHA is collaborating with interagency federal government partners on development and distribution of COVID-19 vaccine, therapeutics and diagnostics. The DHA team of medical experts includes both civilian and military physicians and other health care professionals.

“Less than six months ago, some observers thought the goal of creating and distributing a COVID-19 vaccine by the end of the year was too ambitious, but we’re now accomplishing one of the fastest and most important breakthroughs in public health history,” said Ronald J. Place, MD, and Director of the Defense Health Agency. “I’m very proud of the women and men of the Military Health System who have contributed to this successful initiative. Their work will have a profound impact on our nation and, indeed, the world.”

Operation Warp Speed is a partnership of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), and the Department of Defense (DoD). Operation Warp Speed engages with private firms and other federal agencies, including the Department of Veterans Affairs.

A division of the Department of Defense, the DHA hires civilian personnel to work alongside military counterparts in more than 250 healthcare facilities and clinics around the world, including many military bases in the United States. DHA physicians enjoy flexible work schedules, competitive salaries, generous benefits packages, lower amounts of collateral work and the ability to spend more time focused on patients.

To learn more about joining the dedicated DHA team, go to


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