EFE.- The first Americans could begin to receive the vaccine against Covid-19 on December 12, predicted this Sunday the main advisor of the operation “Warp Speed“, The team of the White House trying to accelerate medical solutions to the pandemic.
The advisers of the Food and Drug Agency (FDA), will meet on December 10 to decide whether to approve the vaccine developed by the pharmaceutical Pfizer and his german partner BioNTech, which this Friday requested an emergency authorization for its preparation in the North American country.
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If they give the go-ahead that same day, the US government is “prepared to begin distributing the vaccines within 24 hours of approval,” said the operation’s advisor. Moncef Slaoui, in an interview with the chain ABC News.
“We will have the (first) vaccinations (distributed) one day after approval, and we hope that people can begin to be immunized, I would say within 48 hours of approval, “that is, on December 12, he added.
If that happens, the expert calculated that the United States could return to the closest thing to a new normal “sometime in May” of 2021, when he estimated that 70% of the population will have received the vaccine.
The first vaccinations It will be distributed proportionally to the population of each state, and those territories will be able to decide who will have priority to receive it, usually among the high-risk population and medical professionals, Slaoui explained.
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The government of Trump has given few details about how it will face the challenge of vaccinating the more than 330 million inhabitants of United States, and has not shared his plans with the president-elect team, Joe Biden, who has warned that this lack of cooperation can cost lives in the country.
Slaoui’s timetable means that the first vaccines could start more than a month before Biden take office, next January 20.
The effort of vaccination You will also have to face the distrust of many Americans towards the vaccine: only 58% of citizens are willing to have it administered, according to a poll published this week by Gallup.
The North American country is in the midst of an upturn in infections of the Covid-19: it has already exceeded 12 million infections and has already added more than 255 thousand deaths, more than any other country in the world.