(ReliableNews.org) – President Donald Trump jumped into action when the coronavirus started spreading in the US earlier this year and launched Operation Warp Speed. The program offered incentives to pharma companies to develop a vaccination quickly. Now, the administration has released a plan outlining how it will be distributed and who is paying for the immunization.
On September 16, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar announced his agency, the CDC and Department of Defense have released their coordinated vaccine distribution plan. The playbook outlines how local and state governments will begin administering the immunization.
Developed by @HHSGov in coordination with @DeptofDefense & @CDCgov, these documents provide a strategic distribution overview along with an interim playbook for state, tribal, territorial, and local public health programs and their partners on how to plan for vaccination efforts.
— Secretary Alex Azar (@SecAzar) September 16, 2020
According to the CDC playbook, the federal government is going to distribute the vaccine for free to providers that have enrolled in the US COVID-19 Vaccination Program. The most vulnerable Americans, including frontline workers, are expected to receive the immunization first. Eventually, it will be available for anyone who wants to get it.
The agencies did not indicate when the FDA may approve a vaccination. However, President Trump has said it could be a matter of weeks.
We will update you as more information becomes available about the COVID-19 vaccine.
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