More than 6.6 million people are now positive with COVID-19 in the United States. As help from the government, it announced its plans to give out the vaccine to each American that needs the shot. Meanwhile, President Donald Trump says the vaccine ready within four weeks from now.
Who needs a vaccine?
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U.S. President Donald Trump gestures during a tour of the Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies' Innovation Center, a pharmaceutical manufacturing plant where components for a potential coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine candidate are being developed, in Morrrisville, North Carolina, U.S., July 27, 2020
The United States government has now given hope to each citizen of America.
On Wednesday, Sept. 16, the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Defense released a joint document explaining Pres. Trump's "detailed strategy to deliver safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine doses to the American people as quickly and reliably as possible."
According to the paper, the federal government aims to make the drug available to "every American who wants to receive a COVID-19 vaccine."
The paper also includes details that require the vaccine to be free to all who needs it. As written in the paper, the vaccine must be delivered "with the goal of no upfront costs to providers and no out-of-pocket cost to the vaccine recipient."
As of now, the feds are still waiting for the Food and Drug Administration's approval before doing the said mass vaccination.
The US targets to do this process in 2021. For now, the strategy outlines that the "priority populations" would be the first ones to get the vaccine.
Once it's done, the vaccine will gradually ramp up its availability for more people next year. The government targets to distribute at least 100 million vaccine doses for all who need it.
"The Department of Defense is using its world-class logistical expertise to plan for distributing a safe and effective vaccine at warp speed," said General Gustave Perna. "Americans can trust that our country's best public health and logistics experts are working together to get them vaccines safely as soon as possible."
Trump: Vaccine ready three to four weeks from now
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A demonstrator waves his mask in the air instead of wearing it over his nose and mouth during a "No Mandatory Flu Shot Massachusetts" rally against Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker's order for mandatory influenza vaccinations for all students under the age of 30, an effort to lower the burden on the health care system during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, outside the State House in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., August 30, 2020
Though the U.S. still waits for at least one or two vaccines from American companies, Pres. In a recent Bloomberg report, Trump boasted that the vaccine shot could be available within four weeks from now.
"The previous administration would have taken perhaps years to have a vaccine, because of the FDA and all the approvals," Trump said on Tuesday. "We're within weeks of getting it. You know, could be three weeks, four weeks."
We don't know now for sure if this timetable is accurate. After all, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Anthony Fauci said the vaccine could be created earliest at the end of the year.
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