In a virtual Thanksgiving address to US troops yesterday, President Trump said that vaccines for Covid-19 would start to be delivered next week.
“The whole world is suffering this tremendous pandemic, not just us, the world. And you wouldn’t know that listening to the news reports, but the whole world is suffering,” Trump said. “And we’re rounding the curve, the vaccines are being delivered literally it’ll start next week and the week after, and it will hit the frontline workers and seniors and doctors, nurses, a lot of people, going to start and we’re going very quickly.”
Trump continued by saying that “two companies already announced and a third one coming up and a fourth and fifth one coming up soon also.”
Shots, however, aren't likely to being going into arms within the next two weeks.
The FDA has scheduled a meeting of its outside advisory panel to discuss drugmaker Pfizer's application for emergency use authorization for a coronavirus vaccine for Dec. 10.
On Wednesday, Dr. Peter Marks, director of the US Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, said a decision on the EUA would occur within the weeks after.
"It will be a matter of weeks. It could be from days to weeks. I I can't give you an exact date that we're going to have an emergency use authorization issued because we have to do it right. Obviously we're going to be working to do it as quickly as we possibly can," Marks said. "It's possible it could be within days but our goal is to make sure it's certainly within a few weeks."
Once a decision on an EUA is granted, a committee of CDC vaccine advisors then must decide who will receive the initial supply of vaccine before vaccinations begin.