Operation Warp Speed head Dr. Moncef Slaoui said the first Americans could start receiving the COVID-19 vaccine by December 11.
‘Our plan is to be able to ship vaccines to the immunization sites within 24 hours from the approval, so I expect maybe on day two after approval on the 11th or the 12th of December,’ he said on ‘State of the Union’ with Jake Tapper.
Pfizer submitted an emergency use authorization application to the Food and Drug Administration and a committee there is set to meet on December 10.
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Tapper had asked how many Americans needed to be vaccinated for that to happen.
Slaoui said with the efficacy shown by the vaccine candidates about ‘70% or so of the population being immunized would allow for true herd immunity to take place.’
The plan is to have 20 million Americans vaccinated in December and 30 million per month in the months following.
‘That is likely to happen in the month of May or something like that, based on our plans,’ he continued.
‘I really hope and look forward to seeing that the level of negative perception of the vaccine decreases and people’s acceptance increases. That is going to be critical to help us,’ Slaoui added. ‘Most people need to be immunized before we can go back to a normal life.’
Slaoui assured the CNN host, that the Operation Warp Speed team has tried to stay away from the political rhetoric that has taken over the 2020 presidential election results.
He made similar statements to NBC’s Chuck Todd on ‘Meet the Press’ Sunday.
Slaoui also said that if Joe Biden is indeed certified as the next President of the United States, he’d be ‘very happy to’ work with the new administration.
Slaoui gets no salary and has been doing the work on a volunteer basis.