Coronavirus: First vaccinations could take place next month, official says

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Moncef Slaoui said, "Our plan is to be able to ship vaccines to the immunization sites within 24 hours of approval [by the FDA]".

The effort to roll out vaccines across the country of 330 million people comes as President Donald Trump has blocked the normal transition of government before the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden on 20 January.

Slaoui said he and his family would be "happy" to receive the treatment.

On Friday, Pfizer submitted an application to the US Food and Drug Administration for emergency use authorization for its Covid-19 vaccine candidate, and an FDA vaccine advisory committee is slated to meet December 10.

The price per dose of the Russian coronavirus vaccine Sputnik V will be much lower than that of the vaccines of USA drug giants Pfizer and Moderna, said the Russian vaccine's official Twitter account on Sunday.

"Normally, with the level of efficacy we have, 95%, 70% or so of the population being immunized would allow for true herd immunity to take place", he said.

Many people are trying to get tested before the holiday on Thursday, leading to long lines in New York City and elsewhere. Russian Federation became the first country to register the world's first COVID-19 vaccine on August 11.

"We're clearly involved now in a very, very hard surge here throughout the United States and even globally", Dr Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert, told NBC.

The United States must distribute tens of millions of vaccines while also combating misinformation about vaccines spread on social media. A Gallup poll from Tuesday showed that 58 percent of Americans said they would get a coronavirus vaccine and 42 percent said they wouldn't. Similarly, on November 18, Pfizer had said that final results from the late-stage trial of its coronavirus vaccine was found to be 95 per cent effective and had no serious side effects on older people.

Earlier this month, developers of Sputnik V, RDIF and Gamaleya Institute, announced interim data from a large trial suggests the shot appears to be 92% effective.

Meanwhile, coronavirus cases are rising across the country, with about a million Americans testing positive for the virus over the past week and more than 1,000 hospitals "critically" short on staff.



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