White House vaccine chief says first Americans could be vaccinated next month

Cornelia Mascio
Novembre 22, 2020

Slaoui told CNN he expects vaccinations would begin on the second day after approval, December 12.

A woman holds a small bottle labeled with a "Coronavirus COVID-19 Vaccine" sticker and a medical syringe in front of displayed Pfizer logo in this illustration taken, October 30, 2020.

"Our plan is to be able to ship vaccines to the immunization sites within 24 hours from the approval, 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, across all states, in all the areas where the State Departments of Health will have told us where to deliver the vaccine", Slaoui told CNN's Jake Tapper on "State of the Union" Sunday.

Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech recently announced that the vaccine appears 95% effective at preventing mild to severe Covid-19 disease in a large, ongoing study.

Meanwhile, Russian drugmaker Sputnik V claimed that its vaccine would be cheaper than those of Moderna and Pfizer.

"Translating pharma lingo: the announced price of Pfizer of USD 19.50 and Moderna of USD 25-USD 37 per dose actually means their price of USD 39 and USD 50-USD 74 per person". Two doses are required per person for the Pfizer, Sputnik V and Moderna vaccines. "The price of Sputnik V will be much lower", Sputnik V wrote on Twitter on November 22. Russian Federation became the first country to register the world's first COVID-19 vaccine on August 11.

The study results mark an important step in this historic eight-month journey to bring forward a vaccine capable of helping to end this devastating pandemic.

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