November 22, 2020 | 10:35
WASHINGTON – The leader of the US effort to produce a coronavirus vaccine says the first vaccinations could take place on December 12.
An advisory committee of the Food and Drug Administration will meet on December 10 to discuss Pfizer Inc.’s request for emergency use approval for its COVID-19 vaccine development.
Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech recently announced that the vaccine appears to be 95% effective in preventing mild to severe COVID-19 disease in a large, ongoing study.
Dr. Moncef Slaoui, head of Operation Warp Speed, the coronavirus vaccine program, says plans are to send vaccines to states within 24 hours of expected FDA approval.
Slaoui told CNN he expects vaccinations would begin the second day after approval, Dec. 1
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