Redfield projects COVID-19 vaccine to be rolled out by 'end of the second week in December'

A coronavirus vaccine will begin to become available in the United Statesprobably by the end of the second week in December,” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Robert Redfield told Fox News Tuesday.

Redfield told “每日简报” that a vaccine would initially be made availablein a hierarchical waywith priority going tonursing home residents and then some combination of health care providers and individuals at high risk for a poor outcome.

The Food and Drug Administration (美国食品药品管理局) has scheduled a Dec. 10 meeting of its Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee to discuss Pfizer’s request for emergency use authorization (EUA) of its vaccine candidate.

上个星期, Pfizer and German partner BioNTech announced that their vaccine candidate is 95% effective against COVID-19 in a large, ongoing study. The FDA can grant an EUA before the final testing is fully complete.

I do think we’ll have about 40 million doses of vaccine before the end of the … 年,” Redfield told host Dana Perino. “That’s enough to vaccinate 20 百万人. But then it will continue through January and February and hopefully by March we’ll start to see vaccine available for the general public.

In addition to the Pfizer/BioNTech candidate, potential vaccines from Massachusetts-based Moderna and British-Swedish giant AstraZeneca have also shown promise. 上个星期, Moderna announced its vaccine was 94.5% effective and it intended to submit an EUA request to the FDAin the coming weeks.

在星期一, AstraZeneca announced that its vaccine was up to 90% effective against the virus.

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