DORAL, FL – A COVID-19 vaccine might be ready earlier than expected according to the Centers for Disease Control that now are urging governors to be ready to start distributing a vaccine by November 1.
The announcement was made through a letter sent by CDC Director Robert Redfield to governors on August 27.
CBS News reported that according to the letter, the government is working with the company McKesson to distribute the vaccine to local health departments and doctor’s office. CDC also request in the document to expedite any application for distribution facilities that are necessary at the company’s discretion.
“CDC urgently requests your assistance in expediting applications for these distribution facilities and, if necessary, asks that you consider waiving requirements that would prevent these facilities from becoming fully operational by November 1, 2020,” the letter sent by CDC on late August reads.
“The requirements you may be asked to waive in order to expedite vaccine distribution will not compromise the safety or integrity of the products being distributed,” is clarified in the same letter.
Announcements of a COVID-19 vaccine early release in the United States have been made since the beginning of August when even President Donald Trump spoke about the possibility of having one before elections.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, also followed the lead by saying to the media that a vaccine could be offered early to all participants in the studies conducted for this if the clinical trials produce overwhelmingly positive results.
It should be noted that initially limited COVID-19 vaccines doses may be available while supplies will increase substantially in 2021.
But the announcement has been received with skepticism by many that argue the vaccine needs additional testing before being released to the public.
Polling shows many Americans do not believe in a potential coronavirus vaccine. One made by Gallup on a national level says more than a third of Americans would not get the COVID-19 vaccine at the present even if it was free and approved by the US Food and Drug Administration, FDA.