USA expects to begin COVID-19 vaccinations in early December

Daniel Fowler
November 23, 2020

Slaoui said the White House's plan is to inoculate 20 million people in December, and then as many as 30 million each following month.

Companies like Pfizer and Moderna have been leading the charge on vaccinations for COVID-19, with Pfizer previously claiming their COVID-19 vaccine is 90% effective. Read on to hear what he had to say, and for more on the COVID vaccine, check out Dr. Fauci Says This Many People Need to Get Vaccinated to Stop COVID.

He also said on Sunday that he anticipated life for Americans could return to normal as early as May.

"An enormous amount of planning has taken place to ensure our health service stands ready to roll out a COVID-19 vaccine", the spokesman added.

Slaoui said the administration expects to ship vaccines to the immunization sites within 24 hours of their approval by the Food and Drug Administration.

"I'm very, very concerned about the hesitancy as it exists", Slaoui told ABC earlier on Sunday.

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The development comes says after Pfizer Inc said that final results from the late-stage trial of its COVID-19 vaccine show it was 95 percent effective.

"When the American public hears that, you should be assured that that is the case and if you get an overwhelming majority of the people vaccinated with a highly efficacious vaccine, we can reasonably quickly get into herd immunity that would be a blanket of protection for the country", Dr Fauci said.

On 11 August, Russia became the first country in the world to register a coronavirus vaccine, dubbed Sputnik V. The vaccine, which is based on a human adenoviral vector platform, was developed by the Gamaleya Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology and is now completing phase 3 clinical trials.

Experts have said that initially there won't be enough vaccine for everyone. The first round of vaccinations could be given as soon as the end of next month-meaning December 2020-to people on a "priority list" that will be determined by an advisory committee and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The vaccine will first be made available to front-line healthcare workers and emergency responders, then to at-risk groups, like the elderly. Two doses are required per person for the Pfizer, Sputnik V and Moderna vaccines.

This photo provided by Pfizer shows part of a "freezer farm", a football field-sized facility for storing finished COVID-19 vaccines, under construction in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

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