The country began its vaccination campaign on Monday and expects to have 20 million people vaccinated before the end of 2020. The United States began its vaccination campaign against COVID-19 this Monday and already has in mind vaccinating the entire population that so wishes by the end of the second quarter of 2021, that is, in June. Secretary of the Department of US Healthcare Alex Azar said that they had enough drugs to ensure that they could meet the goal of vaccinating all Americans who wish to do so by the end of the second quarter of 2021 at a press conference.
A 100-million Dose Purchase
The US has currently obtained 2.9 million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine out of the 100 million doses it has agreed with the US pharmaceutical at the cost of 1.95 billion dollars. The vaccine manufacturers and the United States government are already negotiating another 100 million doses by 2021. In order to meet the goal of vaccinating the entire population by June 2021, the US authorities are counting on the approval of Moderna's vaccine by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the coming days. They also expect the Johnson & Johnson and AstraZeneca candidates to pass their final tests and be approved during the first months of 2021, which would enable the US Government to reach its hopeful goal for the second quarter of 2021.
20 Million to be Vaccinated before December 31
Azar stated: "With the doses provided by Pfizer and those that are expected once the Moderna vaccine is approved, 20 million Americans could be vaccinated by the end of the year."
"Another 30 million will receive the first dose of the vaccine, which needs two doses to be effective, in January, to achieve 100 million Americans by the end of March," he said.
"Hope is on the way today. Supplies of a safe, effective, FDA-cleared COVID-19 vaccine are arriving at sites across the United States. Vaccines begin today as soon as healthcare workers are ready to start to administer them," said the secretary.
"As our country approaches full vaccination, we must continue to take steps to keep our loved ones and our community safe," Azar concluded at a press conference.