ILLUSTRATION. The US government has said it will start distributing the Covid-19 vaccine a day after authorities allow it. REUTERS / Siphiwe Sibeko
Source: Reuters | Editor: Barratut Taqiyyah Rafie
KONTAN.CO.ID – NEW YORK. The US government has said it will start distributing the Covid-19 vaccine a day after authorities allow it. This is done as the possibility opens that a number of doses of the Covid-19 vaccine will be available at the end of the year.
Reuters reports, officials from the US Department of Health and Human Services and the US Department of Defense held a press conference Wednesday with journalists and then released documents about distribution plans that were sent to state and local public health officials.
“Our aim at Operation Warp Speed, is that 24 hours after (regulatory authorization) is issued, we have the vaccine transferred to the administration site, “said one of the officials as reported Reuters.
The federal government will allocate vaccines to each state based on the critical population first recommended for vaccination by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The guidelines suggest that the government will likely follow guidelines issued by an independent panel of experts working with US health officials to determine which citizens to prioritize when vaccine supplies are limited.
The document, called the Covid-19 Vaccination Program Interim Handbook, says a limited dose of the Covid-19 vaccine may be available in early November 2020 if permission is issued by then. However, the supply of vaccines could increase substantially by 2021.
The health official also said they were working to ensure there was no cost for patients to get the vaccine.