WASHINGTON – The United States (US) government on Wednesday (16/9/2020) announced an extensive plan to provide free coronavirus vaccinations for its citizens. However, officials still differ on how quickly the vaccine injection will become widely available.
Paul Mango, an official at the Department of Health and Human Services, told Bloomberg News that health experts expect the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to approve a safe vaccine by the end of 2020. Mango also said the government has contracts with drug manufacturers to produces a dose sufficient for all US citizens to be vaccinated by the end of March.
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Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), did not specify a timetable for vaccinations to take place during testimony at Senate hearings regarding the coronavirus.
When asked about the vaccine schedule, Redfield said, “If I’m asked when it will be available to the American public, I think it might be the end of the second quarter, the third quarter of 2021,” it proclaimed. FLY.
Another key coronavirus official, Army Lieutenant General Paul Ostrowski, said as soon as the FDA approved the safety of vaccine injections, “We will move the vaccine to government locations within 24 hours.”
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The CDC has notified public health officials in 50 US states and territories to have plans to distribute vaccines to health workers and other priority groups, such as the elderly and those with previous health problems, as early as November 1.