“Our plan is to be able to send vaccines to immunization sites within 24 hours of approval, so I would expect maybe two days after approval, on the 11th or the 12th of December, I hope the first people will be “immunized in the United States, in all states, in all areas where the Department of Health will tell us where to deliver the vaccine,” Slavey told Jake Tapper on CNN on Sunday.
On Friday, Pfizer applied to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for an emergency use permit for its Covid-19 vaccine candidate, and the FDA’s vaccine advisory committee is scheduled to meet on December 10.
Slavey said that meant that if allowed, the vaccine could be released the next day.
Slavey also said that based on the plans, the population that needs to be vaccinated to normalize life is likely to happen in May.
Slavey told Tapper that with the level of efficacy shown in both Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, “70% of the population immunized would allow real immunity to the herd, which is likely to happen sometime in the month of May or something like that based on our plans. “
“If you have a highly effective vaccine and only a relatively small 40, 50% of people are vaccinated, you will not get the necessary herd immunity,” Fauci said. “What we need is that we need to get as many people as possible.”
Fauci explained on Sunday that “we want to be very transparent” and stressed that people need to understand the independent process that led to the FDA’s point, along with independent advisory committees, saying vaccines are safe and effective with an emergency use permit and eventually a license.
“When the American public hears this, you have to be sure that’s the case, and if you get the vast majority of people vaccinated with a highly effective vaccine, we can reasonably quickly enter herd immunity, which would be a protective blanket for the country,” Fauzi said.
Slavey said earlier on Sunday that he looked forward to seeing the level of negative perceptions of vaccines and increasing people’s intake, as this would be crucial to the aid.
“Most people need to be immunized before we can return to normal life,” he said.
Last week, however, Fauci proposed a more conservative schedule, telling CNN’s Jake Tapper last week that he thought the nation could begin to return to relative normalcy by April or July 2021, and said he thought it would be possible. to be achieved by the second or third quarter of the following year.
“So, if we get the vast majority of people who get the vaccine, and you have, on the one hand, an effective vaccine, on the other hand, a high level of vaccine absorption, we can start to get things back to relatively normal. the third quarter of the year, where people can start thinking about doing things that were too dangerous just months ago, ”Fauci said at the time.
Fauci warned that vaccines must come, they must be introduced and fundamental public health measures cannot be abandoned.
Slavey added Sunday that while the vaccine is being considered for emergency use by the FDA, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and its Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices will study vaccine data and issue guidelines for all countries on which populations should be given. priority for the spread of the vaccine.
Then, Saloui said, the states will determine how the vaccine will be distributed locally.
“Each country will make its own decision, taking into account the instructions on whom to immunize,” he added.
“So some countries may make different decisions depending on their population and situation,” Slavey added, reiterating that high-risk people, front-line workers and health workers will be among the first to receive the vaccine in the coming months. .
This story was updated with comments from Dr. Anthony Fauci on CBS on Sunday.