The U.S. government announced on Wednesday that it would begin distributing a COVID-19 vaccine within a day of regulatory approval, as it plans the possibility that limited vaccine doses could be available by the end of the year.
Officials from the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Defense called reporters on Wednesday and then released documents on the distribution plans they are sending to state and local health authorities.
The federal government will assign vaccines to each state based on the critical populations first recommended for vaccination by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This group is expected to include key healthcare workers.
The document, known as the COVID-19 Immunization Program Interim Playbook, states that “limited COVID-19 vaccine doses could be available until early November 2020 if a COVID-19 vaccine is FDA approved at that time or approved, but the COVID-19 vaccine could increase significantly in 2021. “
Officials also said they would work to make sure patients do not incur any costs for the vaccine.
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