A federally-approved COVID-19 vaccine will likely be rolled out in mid-December, the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday.
“The vaccine is going to probably be rolled out by the end of the second week in December,” Dr. Robert Redfield told Fox News’ “The Daily Briefing.”
Redfield said the shot will be probably be distributed first to “nursing home residents and then healthcare workers [along] with some combination of individuals that are high risk for a poor outcome.”
“Those decisions are in the process of being finalized as we speak,” Redfield said. Earlier this week, a top adviser for the Trump administration’s Operation Warp Speed offered a similar timeline.
“Our plan is to be able to ship vaccines to the immunization sites within 24 hours from the approval, so I expect maybe on day two after approval on the 11th or the 12th of December,” Dr. Moncef Slaoui told CNN.
Food and Drug Administration officials are currently reviewing an application for emergency approval for Pfizer’s vaccine, which the company said showed 94.5 percent efficacy in clinical trials.
The biotech firm Moderna is also likely to soon apply for permission for its vaccine, which the firm says is about 95 percent effective.
Sources: NY Post; Image: USA Today