The potential coronavirus vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna will be shipped out to states as soon as the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices makes its recommendation -- and the US Food and Drug Administration grants the emergency use authorizations, according to the White House vaccine czar.
Dr. Moncef Slaoui, the chief scientific adviser of Operation Warp Speed, a public-private partnership to accelerate development of vaccines, told CNN’s Erin Burnett Monday that he hopes the two decisions take place “almost simultaneously.”
The shipments can then start immediately, he said.
“Within 24 hours, the vaccines will be at the addresses that each state health agency will have indicated to us to ship a certain amount of vaccine doses there,” Slaoui said. “I assume that day or the next day, the first immunizations can take place. So it will be very fast."
“What's important to note is the number of doses, the amount of vaccine that we have is still limited in comparison to the needs."
Slaoui said there are about 120 million people at risk in the US.
“We will have by the end of the month of December about 40 million doses of vaccine. So it's going to take a while for all Americans who need it on a priority level to get it. But, you know, over probably two or two and a half months, they will all get it."
Those over 65, health care workers and frontline workers are first in line to get the vaccine, he said.
Both Pfizer and Moderna have filed for an emergency use authorization for a Covid-19 vaccine from the FDA.