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First COVID-19 Vaccinations Expected As Early As Dec. 11, White House Vaccine Czar Says

Added 11-22-20 01:16:03pm EST - “Herd immunity could be reached by mid-2021 if the overwhelming majority of Americans get vaccinated, said Moncef Slaoui.” - Huffpost.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Huffpost.com: “First COVID-19 Vaccinations Expected As Early As Dec. 11, White House Vaccine Czar Says”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The chief science adviser to Operation Warp Speed, the Trump administration’s program to accelerate vaccine development during the pandemic, said he expects the first Americans to receive COVID-19 vaccinations as early as Dec. 11.

Pharmaceutical company Pfizer submitted an application on Friday to the Food and Drug Administration requesting approval for emergency use of its coronavirus vaccine. Early data shows the vaccine to be 95% effective.

An FDA advisory committee is scheduled to review Pfizer’s application on Dec. 10, the agency announced Friday.

“Our plan is to be able to ship vaccines to the immunization sites within 24 hours of the approval,” Moncef Slaoui, the top scientist for Operation Warp Speed, told CNN’s “State of the Union.”

“So I would expect maybe on day two after approval, on the 11th or on the 12th of December, hopefully, the first people will be immunized across the United States,” he added.

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