The head of the US coronavirus vaccine effort says the first vaccinations could take place on December 12.
The Advisory Committee of the Food and Drug Administration is scheduled to meet on December 10 to discuss Pfizer’s request for emergency use for the Covid-19 vaccine under development.
Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech recently announced that the vaccine appears to be 95 percent effective in preventing mild and severe Covid-19 disease in a large ongoing study.
Dr. Moncef Slavey, head of Operation Warp Speed, a coronavirus vaccine program, says the vaccines are scheduled to be delivered to states within 24 hours of the expected FDA approval.
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Slavey told CNN he expected vaccinations to begin the second day after approval, Dec. 12.
Similarly, in the UK, the government has said that if the vaccine is approved soon, immunization could begin next month.