The first Americans will be able to receive the vaccine against Covid-19 as early as December 11, said the chief investigator of the United States government’s vaccine program on Sunday.
“Within 24 hours of approval, the vaccine will be on the move to the areas where each state will have informed us they want the doses,” said Dr. Moncef Slaoui, a member of the “Operation Warp Speed” program, to the “Meet the Press” program. from NBC.
External consultants from the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will meet on December 10 to discuss whether to authorize the Covid-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer with its German partner BioNTech for emergency use.
The vaccine, which requires two doses administered about three weeks apart, proved to be 95% effective, without major safety problems. Pfizer expects to have enough doses to protect 25 million people by the end of the year.
The vaccine will be distributed based on the population of each state, said Slaoui. Each state will decide who receives the vaccine first, with the recommendation that priority be given to health professionals, frontline workers and the elderly who face the greatest risk of dying from the virus.
About 70% of the population needs to be immunized to obtain collective immunity, a goal that the country can achieve by May, he said.
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