According to the head of the government’s coronavirus vaccine effort, Americans will get the Covid vaccine as early as December 11 or 12, the day after the FDA approval.
“Our plan is to be able to ship vaccines to the immunization sites within 24 hours of approval,” Dr. Moncef Slaoui said Sunday.
“I expect maybe on day two of approval, on the 11th or 12th of December.”
Pfizer and BioNTech have filed for an emergency approval from the FDA on Friday. The expert was asked about how the vaccination procedure will be carried.
“That’s very likely to be maybe healthcare workers, maybe first-line workers, maybe individuals who are at very high risk, elderly, people with co-morbidities.”
“We will have already identified with each state and department of health where they want the vaccines to be located.”
Issuing approval for Pfizer’s vaccine would take one to three weeks. The FDA issued a statement announcing that its Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee will meet on December 10 over the authorization.
“Normally with the level of efficacy we have, 95 percent, 70 percent or so of the population being immunized would allow for true herd immunity to take place,” Dr. Slaoui said.
“That is likely to happen somewhere in the month of May or something like that, based on our plans.”