The vaccine race is reaching its goal. The United States announced on Sunday, November 22 wants to start the vaccination campaign against Covid-19 before mid-December, immediately after authorization from health authorities, said a senior US official.
“Our plan is to be able to transport vaccines to vaccination sites within 24 hours of approval, so I hope that maybe the second day after approval, December 11 or 12“said Moncef Slaoui, a senior official in the government’s vaccine operation.
Friday, November 20 the US pharmaceutical group Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech have asked the United States Medicines Agency (FDA) to authorize their vaccine, 95% effective and without serious side effects, against Covid-19.
The government of Donald Trump already plans to vaccinate 20 million people at risk in December, then 25 to 30 million per month. In addition, another vaccine, developed by the American pharmaceutical group Moderna and whose effectiveness is estimated at 94.5%, is also at the center of discussions with the US Drug Agency.
More than 12 million cases in the United States
This acceleration of the authorization process of the vaccination campaign comes when the United States face a new epidemic wave. The country just passed the 12 million case mark with more than 255,000 deaths already caused by Covid-19.
Elected in early November, the new Democratic president, Joe Biden, you have already appointed the members of your crisis unit lead to coordinate the fight against coronavirus. Furthermore, it has already announced that it does not wish to establish a national lockdown.