WASHINGTON– Americans might start getting a COVID-19 vaccine in mid-December, with a preliminary circulation of 6.4 million doses and an overall of 40 million doses distributed by the end of the year, Trump administration officials stated Tuesday.
Health and Human Being Provider (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar said during a press briefing with an FDA advisory committee meeting to go over an emergency situation use authorization (EUA) for the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine set up for Dec. 10, “if all goes well we could be distributing vaccine soon after Dec. 10” to all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and all the relevant territories, tribal locations, and large cities “within 24 hours after FDA authorization. And this week, the federal government is making “test shipments”– without real vaccine dosages– to make sure that all goes smoothly.
The instruction also included Gen. Gus Perna, chief operating officer of Operation Lightning speed, the Trump administration’s job to speed up advancement of COVID-19 vaccines and rehabs. Perna said that in terms of how many dosages will be distributed this year, he feels confident “we will get as close as we can to 40 million; we’ve prepared situations to that end.” As to