CDC pushes states to prepare for COVID-19 vaccines
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) urged states to prepare for novel coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccinations by November 1, according to a letter from Robert Redfield, MD, director of the CDC, which was first obtained by CBS News.
In the letter to state governors, dated August 27, Redfield said the government is contracting with the healthcare supply company, McKesson, to distribute vaccines to local health departments and doctor’s offices. He asked them to expedite issuing any licenses and permits requested by the company for distributions facilities.
“[The] CDC urgently requests your assistance in expediting applications for these distribution facilities and, if necessary, asks that you consider waiving requirements that would prevent these facilities from becoming fully operational by November 1, 2020,” the letter said. “The requirements you may be asked to waive in order to expedite vaccine distribution will not compromise the safety or integrity of the products being distributed.”
In early August, Trump said in a press conference that he was “optimistic” that a vaccine would be available by November, days before the election. However, most medical experts say they do not expect widespread vaccinations until 2021.