United States, first doses of COVID-19 vaccine will be distributed free
In the United States, the first doses of the future COVID-19 vaccine will be distributed free of charge within 24 hours after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approves its effectiveness and certifies that it is safe.
"We will have the vaccines being transferred to distribution sites within 24 hours," Lieutenant General Paul Ostrowski, who oversees the logistics of Operation Warp Speed, launched by the Government to accelerate efforts, said in a call with journalists. to contain the pandemic. The Department of Defense, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and private sector companies collaborate in this operation.
Paul Mango, the deputy chief of staff for policy at HHS, said in the call that they are still unclear when there will be a vaccine, despite the fact that US President Donald Trump has said on several occasions that it could be ready before the elections of November 3. "We are dealing with a world full of great uncertainty. We do not know when we will have a vaccine, we do not know the quantities, we do not know the efficacy of those vaccines," Mango said.
"No American has to pay any penny out of pocket to get the vaccine and we are very close to that aspiration now," he promised.
The Government published two documents with the Administration's plan to distribute future vaccines. In this framework, it has sent a report to Congress and a manual to state and local authorities with a detailed plan on the availability of the future vaccine and its distribution.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has told health officials in all 50 states that they are ready to distribute the future vaccine to health workers and others in priority groups as soon as November 1, according to the newspaper. The Washington Post.
In a hearing before the Senate Appropriations Committee, CDC Director Robert Redfield estimated that "the vaccine will initially be available sometime between November and December, but it will be a limited supply and will have to be prioritized."
The United States is the country in the world most affected by the pandemic, with 6.6 million cases detected and more than 196,000 deaths, according to independent data from Johns Hopkins University.