The head of the US effort to produce a vaccine for the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) says the first immunizations could happen on December 12 this year.
Dr. Moncef Slaoui, head of the Operation Warp Speed, the coronavirus vaccine program, said plans are to ship vaccines to states within 24 hours of expected approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
The FDA advisory committee is set to meet this December 10 to discuss Pfizer Inc.’s request for an emergency use authorization for the Covid-19 vaccine it is developing.
Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech recently announced that the vaccine appears 95-percent effective at preventing mild to severe Covid-19 disease in a large, ongoing study.
Another company, Moderna, has claimed nearly 95-percent effectiveness of its own Covid-19 vaccine under test.Slaoui said he expects vaccinations would begin on the second day after FDA approval, or December 12. SOVEREIGHPH