The president of U.S, Donald Trump, contradicted this Wednesday experts from the governmental Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC, in English) and promised to be able to distribute 100 million doses of the coronavirus vaccine for the end of the year.
“We will be able to distribute 100 million doses of vaccines by the end of 2020, and then a very large number afterward,” the president said at a press conference at the White House.
Trump’s statements contradict the CDC director himself, Robert Redfield, who today in a Senate hearing, explained that the vaccine will be available between November and December, but it will be distributed in a limited way to the groups most at risk of dying from the virus.
In addition, Redfield indicated that the American public will be able to access the vaccine “probably looking at the third, end of second quarter, third quarter of 2021.”
Asked about it, Trump considered that Redfield was wrong, stated that he was “surprised” by his statements and explained that he called him by phone to explain that he had made a “mistake”.
Trump said Tuesday that the vaccine could be ready “in four weeks” and today insisted that it be announced “in October”, “perhaps in the middle of October”, “a little after October” or “in November, although no more. later than that. “
To be distributed to the U.S. public, any vaccine must be endorsed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. U.S (FDA), the government agency in charge of approving the use of new drugs, vaccines and other products related to public health.
The pharmaceutical companies Pfizer, Moderna and AstraZeneca They are conducting studies of the vaccine in the country that are already in phase 3, but have not yet submitted their product to the FDA for review.
Once the FDA approves the vaccine, authorities will be able to distribute the first doses in just 24 hours, announced Wednesday Paul Ostrowski, who oversees the logistics of Operation Warp Speed, launched by the Government to accelerate efforts to contain the pandemic.
The government of Donald Trump urged states in the United States to prepare to distribute a potential vaccine against COVID-19 by November 1. But Who should get the vaccine first? Dr. Elmer Huerta highlighted 4 phases according to priority: the personnel of the ‘front line of battle’ (doctors, police and military); workers in special industries; youth, adults and children; and in the end those that are missing. This criterion was based on a person’s risk of becoming infected.