Moncef Slaoui, the head of the US government's effort to develop a vaccine against COVID, said that the first Americans to receive a vaccine -- if all things go according to plan - could be as early as the second week of December, CNN reports.
Our plan is to be able to ship vaccines to the immunization sites within 24 hours from the approval, so I would expect maybe on day two after approval, on the 11th or on the 12th of December, hopefully, the first people will be immunized across the United States, across all states, in all the areas where the State Departments of Health will have told us where to deliver the vaccine, Slaoui noted.
Pfizer has recently submitted an application to the US Food and Drug Administration for emergency use authorization for its COVID vaccine candidate. An FDA vaccine advisory committee is slated to meet on December 10.
Slaoui said that means, if authorized, the vaccine could be rolled out the next day.
Slaoui also said that based on plans, the amount of the population who need to be vaccinated for life to return to normal is likely to happen in May.