Fauci says allergic reactions to Covid-19 vaccine are of concern, but are likely ‘unusual and rare’


US Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar addresses the press in the James Brady Press Conference Room at the White House November 20, in Washington, DC. Tasos Katopodis / Getty Images

US Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar said he would gladly receive the first Covid-19 vaccine after clearance, if only to demonstrate to Americans that he had “supreme confidence” in the integrity of the vaccine approval process and the quality of Covid-19 vaccines.

“I wouldn’t ask the American people to do something that I couldn’t do on my own,” Azar said in an Operation Warp Speed ​​briefing on Wednesday.

The Operation Warp Speed ​​team said they were so focused on delivering the vaccine to Americans that they hadn’t thought about who would get the first vaccine.

“We were so focused on speed, getting it out and relying on the governors,” Azar said.

“We probably have to ah, make a plan for who’s going to get it first obviously,” said General Gustav Perna, the COO of Operation Warp Speed.

“We’re all going to be available, if it’s appropriate when it comes time to receive the shot,” Perna said.

Learn more about the vaccine: Perna said 2.9 million doses of the vaccine will be distributed in Pfizer’s first shipment if emergency use authorization is granted by the US Food and Drug Administration.

Perna said there were initially 6.4 million doses the federal government expected to receive from Pfizer in the first shipment. He split 500,000 doses for the back-up supply, then split that number in half because Pfizer’s vaccine requires two doses to be effective, bringing the total from the first shipment to 2.9 million doses.


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