A senior official at Operation Warp Speed - a huge effort by the US government to develop and distribute a coronavirus vaccine – confidently predicted on Monday that anyone who wanted a vaccine would be able to get one by June.
Lieutenant General Paul Ostrowski (retreat), director of procurement, production and distribution of Operation Warp Speed, was asked in an interview with MSNBC about his expectations for vaccination by June:
“100% of Americans who want the vaccine will have had the vaccine at that time. We will have over 300 million doses available to the American public long before that. “
It was not clear whether he meant the first dose of the vaccine or both. The vaccination process against COVID-19 will take about six weeks, one month before two vaccinations and then about two weeks to make sure that antibodies have formed.
On Monday, Moderna Inc. MRNA,
said it intends to apply for an emergency use permit for its vaccination to US and European regulators. If approved, vaccinations could begin in the United States by mid-December. Pfizer Inc. PFE,
and BioNTech SE BNTX,
are also expected to apply for permission for their vaccine in the coming days.
Major workers and those most at risk will be the first to receive the vaccine, with mass availability for the US population expected only in the spring.
To date, more than 13.5 Americans have been diagnosed with coronavirus and more than 268,000 have died. New cases and hospitalizations have increased in recent weeks, with health officials warning of an even worse situation that could develop in December.
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