More than 6 million coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccine doses will be allocated to various states and could begin distribution early next month, United States health officials say.
A Food and Drug Administration (FDA) panel overseeing Covid-19 vaccines is set to meet in two weeks to consider granting emergency authorization to the potential vaccine under joint development by Pfizer and BioNTech, which has proven in clinical trials to be 95 percent effective.
“If all goes well, we could be distributing a vaccine soon after December 10,” Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said.
Azar said 6.4 million doses of the vaccine will be distributed to states and territories based on population size rather than the number of people in high-risk groups, as was recommended by government health experts.
“We wanted to keep this simple,” Azar said. “We thought it would be the fairest approach, and the most consistent.”
Once the doses arrive, it will up to individual governors to decide how best to distribute them, he added.
Gen. Gustave Perna, who oversees logistics for the Trump administration’s Operation Warp Speed, said the goal is to have 40 million doses distributed by the end of the year. SOVEREIGNPH