“It’s a 94% effective vaccine. He goes through all aspects of the FDA process with integrity and transparent data, ”US Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar told NBC’s Savannah Guthrie Monday.
“If we recommend that you get it and it’s available to you, oh, please do it.” Protect yourself and those around you. Please get the vaccine, ”Azar said.
He reiterated that the United States should have enough vaccines to immunize 20 million people by the end of the month.
“We know we have a vaccine available to reach 20 million people by the end of December, then a total of 50 million by the end of January and, as Dr Slaoui said, 100 million people d ‘by the end of March – but should have 100 million shots in the arms by the end of February, between the first and the second dose. ”
Learn more about the vaccine: Eleven months after the first coronavirus case recorded in the United States, medical workers are preparing to administer the first doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine, with deliveries due to arrive at administration sites this morning.
Thousands of vials of the vaccine were collected for distribution across the country on Sunday after passing its latest regulatory hurdle.
It’s up to states to allocate their share of vaccines, but the CDC has recommended that frontline healthcare workers and residents of long-term care facilities receive the vaccine first. Officials warn it could be months before the vaccine becomes available to many Americans, as the virus continues to soar, breaking state and national records.
CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta provides analysis: