Americans could get coronavirus vaccine by December, according to leader of Operation Warp Speed

pharmafile | November 23, 2020 | News story | Sales and Marketing  

Certain Americans could receive a coronavirus vaccine as early as next month, according to Dr Moncef Slaoui, Chief Scientific Adviser for Operation Warp Speed. 

This would see healthcare workers and the vulnerable be among the first to be inoculated, and that could happen one or two days after regulatory approval. 

Dr Slaoui believes that the FDA will grant approval for the Pfizer-BioNTech in mid-December. FDA outside advisers are slated to meet on 10 December to review Pfizer’s Emergency Use Authorization for its vaccine, which the company announced last week was 95% effective against COVID-19 infection. 

Slaoui told NBC that: “Within 24 hours from the approval, the vaccine will be moving and located in the areas where each state will have told us where they want the vaccine doses.” He also told CNN that he would, “expect, maybe on day two after approval on the 11th or 12th of December, hopefully the first people will be immunised across the United States.”

Dr Slaoui also said the first to be inoculated would be frontline personnel and individuals to be at high risk of severe illness and death from the virus, like the elderly or people with underlying conditions. 

The one snag in the process may be the upcoming presidential transition. President-elect Joe Biden and his transition team have voiced concerns over the lack of transparency from the Trump White House. They say it has continually refused to share vaccine data and distribution plans with Biden which could cause delays with his administration’s efforts to vaccinate the populace. 

Conor Kavanagh

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