The vaccine is being manufactured at Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies or FDB in Morrisville.
President Donald Trump toured the facility in July when there was just hope of a COVID-19 vaccine.
"We've really been able to ramp up that manufacturing," said Martin Meeson, CEO of FDB. "We've continued to manufacture the last couple of months."
Meeson said that normally a clinical trial would be done with a small amount of product and "hopefully that trial would be successful." After that, he said, you'd start making lots of product to take out and treat people with.
But they're hopeful this different process will allow them to have millions of doses ready to go out to the American people once the trial comes to a conclusion.
While it was @Novavax who came up with the idea, they needed someone to bulk manufacture their vaccine. That's where @FujifilmDiosyn comes in.— Josh Chapin (@JoshChapinABC11) December 29, 2020
"We've really been able to ramp up that manufacturing."--Martin Meeson, CEO#abc11 #COVID19 pic.twitter.com/xmWbx7phMo
In the past year, FDB has hired 85 people and it will be looking to hire more next year to help with manufacturing.
Construction is underway at the Morrisville facility with a $54 million expansion that is expected to be finished in mid-2021.
FDB manufactures more than 60 different therapeutics and vaccines at the facility in RTP but it's clear the COVID-19 vaccine is getting the most eyeballs.
"Vaccines are very safe. We wouldn't be putting this into people or even testing at all if there was any hint it was not going to be safe." @Novavax president of R&D Dr. Gregory Glenn #abc11 #COVID19Vaccine pic.twitter.com/3oBWwomOf3— Josh Chapin (@JoshChapinABC11) December 28, 2020
"We had the idea, we've done the testing," said Dr. Gregory Glenn, president of research and development at Novavax. "We made the early stage material but to get it scaled it up and made in millions and millions of doses, that's where the facility comes in in North Carolina."
Glenn is urging a variety of people to sign up for the trials. He said it is an important service to the country.
He also said herd immunity needs to be way up and it will be too devastating to reach the desired number through infections.