COVID Vaccine For All by Spring, Secretary Azar Says

Enough for the most vulnerable by year end.

In an interview last week, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said all people in the U.S. could have access to a coronavirus vaccine by March or April.

“We believe by the end of [2020], we would have enough FDA-authorized vaccine to vaccinate our most vulnerable people,” he said. “By the end of January, we’ll have enough vaccine for all of our seniors, as well our healthcare workers and first responders, and, by the end of March to early April, enough for all Americans.”

He based his assessment on the scale at which the vaccine is currently being produced and not on any data from vaccine trials. “We can’t predict exactly when we’ll get data,” he said. “We believe—thanks to President Trump—we’re manufacturing all six vaccines at commercial scale right now.”

Officials with the Food and Drug Administration gave fresh assurances Thursday that COVID-19 vaccines will undergo rigorous testing before being made widely available, underscoring what they told outside medical experts at a meeting on bolstering the agency’s credibility.

“Only those vaccines that are demonstrated to be safe and effective” will be licensed by the FDA, the director of the FDA’s Office of Vaccines Research and Review said.

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For the laboratories who are working on the development and production of the coronavirus vaccines.
  • For individuals who are participating as research subjects on the efficacy of the vaccines being tested.
  • For government officials who are questioning the efficacy of the vaccine for partisan reasons.

Sources: Wall Street Journal, Washington Examiner


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