WASHINGTON – The United States could be just weeks out from having a COVID-19 vaccine, according to the Trump Administration, and once approved there is already a plan in place to make it free to all Americans.
Scientists throughout the country are working vigorously to develop a viable vaccine in hopes it will be authorized by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), while top health officials are already sketching out a plan for its mass distribution.
In a hearing before senate lawmakers on Wednesday, spokespersons from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) outlined a vaccination timeline, should one be approved in the coming months as predicted by the Trump Administration.
The complex vaccination campaign details plans to ramp up the supply of vaccinations as soon as one becomes FDA approved, making it accessible to any American who wants it. Moreover, the government is making sure the vaccine will be completely free, albeit paid for through taxpayer funding.
While, the government’s plan is optimistic, a May AP-NORC poll of Americans who say they would get a COVID-19 vaccine should one be made available, proved less confident. Only about half of those polled said they’d consider getting vaccinated.
Meanwhile, the CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield told Senate Lawmakers, on Wednesday, that the biggest tool for preventing the spread of COVID-19 is one already in our hands. Something that many Americans are also skeptical of.
“I might even go as far to say that this face mask is more guaranteed to protect me against covid than when I take the covid vaccine, because the immunogenicity might be 70-percent and if I don’t get an immune response the vaccine is not going to protect me, this face mask will,” said Dr. Redfield, director of the CDC.
The government’s vaccine campaign outline also details the development of a nationwide database tracking who is getting vaccinated and when.
Source: NewsNet | CDC Outlines Vaccination Campaign, but says Masks Are More Guaranteed