President Donald Trump is expected to sign an executive order Tuesday to give all Americans access to the coronavirus vaccine before the U.S. begins assisting other countries by providing vaccines to them.
“The priority is to make sure we distribute these vaccines to Americans before we start shipping them around the world to get international access,” an official told Fox News, indicating that assistance for other countries could come “late spring, early summer,” once officials “achieve vaccinating those who have a desire to be vaccinated.”
Two vaccines may be approved by the FDA for emergency use as soon as December 11, with another one coming up for approval on December 17.
Operation Warp Speed is working with six different vaccine candidates in total, and a vaccine is expected to be made available to anyone who wants to get one by the second quarter of 2021.
Frontline healthcare workers and the elderly inside nursing home and long-term care facilities will have the vaccine made available to them first, and states have already developed distribution plans.
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