The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention posted an optimistic forecast about coronavirus vaccines Wednesday, promising some vaccines by the end of the year.
There could be a limited supply at first but that would increase in the weeks and months after initial release, the CDC says on a new page posted to its coronavirus website.
“The goal is for everyone to be able to easily get a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as large quantities are available,” the CDC says. “The plan is to have several thousand vaccination providers available so no one will have to travel far to be vaccinated, whether it’s at your doctor’s office, retail pharmacy, hospital, or federally qualified health center.”
The CDC plays no role in vaccine development but will help distribute vaccines. The National Institutes of Health is helping develop and test vaccines while the US Food and Drug Administration will give any emergency use authorization or approval.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the NIH’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told CBS News a vaccine might be widely available by April.
Fauci said researchers should know by “November or December” whether some vaccines trials have a safe candidate and that even if and when a safe candidate is determined, initial quantities will likely only be a few million doses.
“If there is limited supply, some groups may be recommended to get a COVID-19 vaccine first,” the CDC page notes.
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