While vaccine authorization is expected “pretty soon,” the coronavirus vaccination program itself may not go completely smoothly, according to Dr. Tom Frieden, former director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“We do expect approval to come pretty soon,” he told George Stephanopoulos on “Good Morning America” on Tuesday. "But I would also expect there to be bumps in the road in the vaccination program.”
Frieden said that when millions of people are vaccinated, some people feel sick after vaccination, “and you don’t know whether that was the vaccine, or that was just coincidence.”
He said that this has to be studied carefully “or you’re going to get all sorts of wilds rumors flying around, that’s another place where you really need transparency — this is how many cases of severe adverse effects we may have or may expect, is it higher? Is it related?”
There could also be production problems, or people who don’t want the vaccine, even if it’s available to them, he added.
“This is probably, George, the single most complicated vaccination program in American history, and I would expect that there are going to be some bumps in the road,” Frieden said.