The Center for Disease Control signaled an end is in sight for the coronavirus. After months of a forced shutdown and thousands of American deaths, CDC Director Robert Redfield told a Senate panel that he expects a vaccination to be available by November 2020, and that there should be enough vaccines for the entire American population by the third quarter of 2021. A vaccine means that Americans can finally return to normalcy without the threat of the virus spreading or another shutdown.
Redfield championed Trump’s coronavirus vaccine effort, titled Operation Warp Speed, for its unprecedented approach for vaccine development. A vaccine like this would normally would take between four to six years before it was made available to the public, but Trump has achieved record progress. The vaccine will first be given to the most vulnerable Americans, including healthcare workers. Then, in the next six to nine months, there should be enough of the vaccine to be made available to all Americans.
Redfield told the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies, “If you’re asking me when it is going to be made available to the American public so we can begin to take advantage of vaccine to get back to our regular life, I think we’re probably looking at third, late second quarter, third quarter 2021.”
The CDC has laid out a plan for vaccine distribution across all states. The vaccines will be free, and will first be used in emergency situations before it is completely approved. Once the FDA approves the vaccine, the medical supply company McKensson will be in charge of distributing the vaccine on a large scale. The distribution will also center around high-risk individuals and focus on widespread access.
Pfizer, Moderna, and AstraZeneca are already in phase 3 of their vaccine clinical trials, and the US government has already spent billions on vaccine development.