President Trump’s Comprehensive Vaccine Distribution Plan
Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar said on Sunday that "tens of millions of doses of FDA-gold-standard vaccinations” will be available by the end of the year.
Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar said on Sunday that “tens of millions of doses of FDA-gold-standard vaccinations” will be available by the end of the year.
During an exchange with Chris Wallace when speaking on Fox News, Azar said that “we are leveraging our retail pharmacies, our hospitals, or public health departments, our community health centers… This is being micromanaged and controlled by the United States military as well as our incredible private sector. We do hundreds of millions of vaccinations a year. We’re leveraging the systems that are known and that work here in the United States.”
Speaking at an event in Wilmington DE on Friday, Joe Biden said “there is no detailed plan, that we’ve seen anyway, as to how you get the vaccine out of a container, into an injection syringe, into somebody’s arm.”
Azar, when questioned about Biden’s statement, said “With all respect that’s just nonsense… We have comprehensive plans from the [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] working with 64 public health jurisdictions across the country as our governors have laid out very detailed plans that we’ve worked with them on.”
Pfizer’s new vaccine will be considered for emergency use authorization by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday, with expected distribution within 24 hours if approved.
Following guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) last week, the initial distribution of vaccine will sent to healthcare workers and also the residents and staff of long-term care facilities.
Some health officials have estimated that up to 40 million doses of vaccines by the end of the year.
While many have praised the rapid development and efficacy of potential covid-19 vaccines, a large contingent of the population are hesitant to inoculate themselves with an unproven medication.
According to a poll reported by the New York Post, over half of firefighters in New York City said that they won’t be getting a covid-19 vaccination when it becomes available.
Along a similar vein, a Pew Research poll released Friday shows that less than half of Black respondents said they’d get a vaccine if it were available today.
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