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Some Americans could “hopefully” receive the vaccine for COVID-19 as soon as December 11 or 12, Moncef Slaoui, the chief science advisor of the White House’s vaccine effort, “Operation Warp Speed,” said Sunday.
Slaoui, who was tapped to head the White House effort to develop a vaccine earlier this year, told CNN’s Jake Tapper during an appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union” that he and his colleagues hoped to ship the vaccine to immunization sites within 24 hours of receiving approval to do so by the Food and Drug Administration.
A panel of outside experts that advises the FDA is expected to meet on December 10 to discuss Pfizer’s application for an emergency use authorization. It’s not clear how quickly FDA would act on the panel’s recommendation. Clinical trials showed that Pfizer’s vaccine was 95% effective in preventing people from getting sick with COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, the company said.
“Our plan is to be able to ship vaccines to the immunization sites within 24 hours from the approval, so I would expect maybe a day or two after approval,” Slaoui said on Sunday. “On the 11 or 12 of December, hopefully, the first people will be immunized across the United States.”
Slaoui had previously said he expected to immunize 20 million people in the month of December and as many as 30 million additional people could receive a vaccine each following month.
Dr. Moncef Slaoui, chief scientific adviser of Operation Warp Speed, says first Americans could receive a Covid-19 vaccine by December. “So I would expect, maybe, on day two after approval … hopefully the first people will be immunized across the United States.” #CNNSOTU pic.twitter.com/UvQpPi0pl9
— State of the Union (@CNNSotu) November 22, 2020
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Source:: Business Insider