Gen. Gustave Perna, an official working as part of President Trump’s Operation Warp Speed vaccine program, has stated that nearly 40 million doses could be ready to ship out for distribution in the United States rather quickly if the Food and Drug Administration authorizes it for emergency use.
Perna spoke with “Good Morning America” on Friday and that ultimately the states would decide who gets the first round of the vaccine, along with guidance from the FDA and CDC.
Here’s more from Newsmax:
Pfizer is asking the FDA to allow emergency use of its COVID-19 vaccine candidate, starting a process that could bring the first shots as early as next month. Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech offered preliminary data to suggest its vaccine appears 95% protective.
Perna says the “states are going to tell us exactly where they want it to be…and as soon as they figure out their distribution plan across their states, we will ensure that the vaccine gets there in a timely manner.”
Healthcare workers and those in nursing homes and other vulnerable people are expected to get the first vaccines. Health experts say it likely will be spring or later before there’s enough vaccine for early distribution to the general public.
This is definitely a good slap to the chops for liberals who claim that the Trump administration hasn’t handled COVID-19 very well. It seems the president and his team have been hard at work behind the scenes on preparing this vaccine, which hopefully will be made available before the end of the year.
Granted, there’s a lot of folks out there who probably won’t take it, and that’s okay. It’s understandable to be skeptical about a vaccine rushed into production. Nothing wrong with waiting to see how the first round goes.
And, hopefully, insane Democratic governors won’t try to create vaccine mandates to force people to take it against their will. That could result in massive issues that our country simply does not need right now.