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They reveal: the US has ready 40 million doses of vaccine

General Gustave Perna of the US government’s Warp Speed ​​vaccination program says there are some 40 million doses ready for rapid distribution if the Food and Drug Administration grants emergency clearance.

He said on ABC that states will decide, with guidance from the FDA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, who will be the first to receive the vaccine.

Pfizer has asked the FDA to grant emergency authorization for its vaccine, initiating a process that would allow the first inoculations in early December.

Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech presented preliminary data that their vaccine would be 95% effective.

Perna said that “states will tell us exactly where they want it to be … and as soon as they draw up distribution plans in the states, we will ensure that the vaccine arrives in a timely manner.”

The first to receive the vaccine will predictably be healthcare workers and the most vulnerable people, such as residents of nursing homes. Experts say distribution to the general public will not begin before April or May.