US may start vaccination against Covid-19 on December 11

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The United States may be close to starting its population’s vaccination period against Covid-19. In an interview with the CNN network on Sunday, 22, Moncef Slaoui, head of the American government’s task force for the development of the vaccine, announced that by mid-December one of the immunizers against the disease may start to become available.

On Friday, drugmaker Pfizer submitted an application to the FDA, the government’s regulatory agency that handles the release of drugs and food, for authorization of the emergency use of its vaccine.

Slaoui said in the interview that an FDA advisory committee will meet next December 10 and will consider the request. If released, says the agency’s director, the vaccine could be distributed as early as the next day.

“Our plan is to be able to dispatch vaccines to immunization sites within 24 hours of approval on December 11 or 12,” said Moncef Slaoui.

In case of approval, the first batches of the vaccine would be destined to groups considered priority, such as health professionals, the elderly and patients with medical problems.

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