Head of the U.S. coronavirus vaccine program Operation Warp Speed, Moncef Slaoui, made an appearance on CNN where he stated that people might be receiving the first doses of the vaccine as early as 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,” Slaoui said.
The head of Operation Warp Speed also stated that if there is an administration change, that wouldn’t negatively impact the distribution of the vaccine.
“All decisions are made, the train is running. Whether one administration or the other doesn’t, frankly, make a difference,” Slaoui said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
The operation “has been isolated from the administration, from the political environment, and the political context,” said Slaoui, a former head of GlaxoSmithKline’s vaccines operation.
Yet information on the program isn’t been shared with the incoming Biden administration, he said, consistent with President Donald Trump’s failure to acknowledge his election loss.
“I have been informed that I should not be saying anything that’s confidential to anybody, including, you know, anybody that’s not part of the administration, and therefore, I’ll act according to what the legal requirements are,” Slaoui stated.
This is good news, as cases of the coronavirus continue to surge causing a lot of fear as states start to lockdown all over again in an attempt to stop the spread of the virus. Unfortunately, this is going to have some seriously negative connotations for the economic environment in the country.
A vaccine like this could prove to be a game changer by allowing individuals comfortable with taking it the opportunity to become resistant to the awful illness. This could also help save elderly people who are the ones at highest risk for complications due to COVID-19.