A top official of Operation Warp Speed — the U.S. government’s massive effort to develop and distribute a coronavirus vaccine — confidently predicted Monday that everyone who wants a vaccine will be able to get one by June.
Lt. Gen. Paul Ostrowski (Ret.), the director of Operation Warp Speed’s supply, production and distribution, was asked during an interview on MSNBC about his vaccination expectations by June:
“100% of Americans that want the vaccine will have had the vaccine by that point in time that time. We’ll have over 300 million doses available to the American public well before then.”
It was unclear if he was referring to the first dose of the vaccine or both doses. The COVID-19 vaccination process will take around six weeks, with a month before two vaccinations, and then about two weeks to make sure antibodies have developed.
Essential workers and those most at risk will get the vaccine first, with mass availability for the general U.S. population not expected until the spring.
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