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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention wrote a letter notifying local public health officials to be ready to distribute a COVID-19 vaccine as early as late October. In the letter, CDC Director Robert Redfield wrote, “The CDC and HHS are rapidly making preparations to implement large-scale distribution of the Covid-19 vaccines in the fall of 2020.” The CDC stressed that the November timeline was hypothetical. “The Covid-19 vaccine landscape is evolving and uncertain, and these scenarios may evolve as more information is available.”
Two ongoing clinical trials are on track to conclude at the end of this year, but Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, said an independent board has the authority and “moral obligation” to end the trial early and accelerate distribution if the results are “overwhelmingly positive.” The director of the National Institutes for Health, Dr. Francis Collins, said it’s “unlikely” that a coronavirus vaccine will be ready by late October.
While a vaccine may not be ready for widespread use by late October, the agency’s mention of a possible rollout at that time has heightened tensions in the debate over whether the Food and Drug Administration should use its authority to fast-track a vaccine through the approval process. While supporters say the move could save thousands of lives, opponents warn of safety dangers. Others say the Trump administration could be hyping the possibility of a vaccine to boost support before Election Day.
US states told to be ready for vaccine distribution by November 1 – Al Jazeera – 9/3/2020
The timing of a vaccine has taken on political importance as President Donald Trump seeks re-election in the world’s hardest-hit country, with some public health experts expressing concern a vaccine might be rushed through before the highly anticipated vote.
CDC asks states to have vaccine sites ready by Nov. 1 – The Hill – 9/2/2020
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) asked state governors last week to speed applications for building permits for vaccine distribution sites that would be operational just before November’s elections.
Trump Administration Sends ‘Urgent’ Request To States To Have Vaccine Distribution Sites Ready By Nov. 1 – The Daily Wire – 9/3/2020
The Trump administration is pushing all states to work “urgently” to eliminate hurdles so that COVID-19 vaccine distribution sites can be up and running by Nov. 1. Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), sent a letter last week to all governors making the urgent request, according to McClatchy.
Trump Admin: The COVID Vaccine Will Be Ready By January, But Also By The Election – Talking Points Memo – 9/3/2020
With the parade of dates for when the Trump administration anticipates seeing a COVID-19 vaccine (October 2020, November 2020, or by the end of this year, or by January 2021, or later in 2021), you can be forgiven for experiencing some confusion.