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UPDATED 18:30 PT – Wednesday, December 2, 2020
The Trump administration highlighted the continued success of Operation Warp Speed in its latest update in the fight to develop the COVID-19 vaccine.
During a press briefing Wednesday, Chief Operations Adviser Moncef Slavey predicted that at least 100 million Americans would be immunized against the virus by the end of February.
This is because about 20 million people are expected to be vaccinated with Pfizer and Moderna in December alone.
Slavey added that 30 million people will be vaccinated by January and 50 million by February.
White House spokeswoman @KayleighMcEnany says 40 million doses of coronavirus vaccine will be available by the end of the year pic.twitter.com/iqgeAVKy0S
– The Trump Team (@TeamTrump) December 2, 2020
Preliminary vaccine participants Pfizer and Moderna have sent their vaccines to the FDA for emergency approval. Each of them has proven its high efficiency of about 95 percent.
Once approved, the Warp Speed team can begin delivering doses within two days of authorization. Chief Operating Officer General Gus Perna said they would release doses when they became available.
“We are not waiting for a group of vaccines to be available and then pushing,” Perna said. “We want a rhythmic, rhythmic delivery of the vaccine so that the states can best manage it according to priorities, as they have developed it.”
Government officials will determine who receives the vaccine first. Advocacy groups called for health workers and the elderly to be examined.
It is also unclear whether the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines will be available after February. However, officials said other companies such as Johnson & Johnson and AstraZeneca were also in the process of producing coronavirus vaccines. They could receive approval early next year.