US expects to begin COVID-19 vaccinations in early December

Clay Curtis
November 23, 2020

Moderna is expected to seek approval later in December for its COVID-19 vaccine.

The US Food and Drug Administration's outside advisers will meet on 10 December to discuss whether to authorise the COVID-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer and German partner BioNTech for emergency use. "That is likely to happen somewhere in the month of May, or something like that, based on our plans".

20 million people in the US could be vaccinated by the end of 2020.

"What we do need is we need to get as many people as possible vaccinated".

While millions of people in the USA could be vaccinated in the weeks and months following an emergency use authorization, Slaoui said it will be well into 2021 before the nation would be able to achieve herd immunity.

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The beginning of vaccinations could be a crucial turning point in the battle against the virus that has claimed more than 255,000 lives in the U.S., the world's highest reported toll, since emerging from China late a year ago. "That is likely to happen in the month of May or something like that based on our plans."He continued: "I really hope and look forward to seeing the level of the negative perception of the vaccine decrease and people's acceptance increases".

"So, if we get the overwhelming majority of people taking the vaccine, and you have on the one hand an effective vaccine, on the other hand, a high degree of uptake of the vaccine, we could start getting things back to relative normal as we get into the second and third quarter of the year, where people can start thinking about doing things that were too unsafe just months ago", Fauci said at the time.

As new COVID-19 cases continue to surge, millions of Americans are ignoring federal and state warnings to stay home for Thanksgiving to prevent overwhelming already strained hospitals. The authority said that its vaccine panel will convene to consider the request of this date.

Incoming White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain said it was crucial to have a seamless flow of information between Mr Trump's coronavirus experts and Mr Biden's transition team to avoid delays in distribution after Mr Biden takes office on 20 January.

Officials have yet to announce which groups in the population would receive the vaccine first, though health care workers are certain to receive priority, followed by vulnerable groups like the elderly.

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