COVID-19 Vaccine set to arrive before Christmas
First coronavirus vaccine could arrive as early as December 11
A COVID-19 vaccine will reportedly be available to some Americans as early as December 11.
The Huffington Post reports that pharmaceutical company Pfizer filed its application with the FDA to request approval for emergency use of its vaccine with early data revealing that the treatment is 95 per cent effective. Pfizer’s application will be reviewed by an FDA advisory committed on Dec. 10.
“Our plan is to be able to ship vaccines to the immunization sites within 24 hours of the approval,” Moncef Slaoui, the chief scientist advisor for Trump’s Operation Warp Speed, told CNN.
He continued, “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.”
Slaoui said that a 95 per cent efficacy rate means around 70 per cent of the population needs to be vaccinated for the immunity to work. “That is likely to happen somewhere in the month of May―or something like that―based on our plans,” he added.