Trump signs executive order for U.S. vaccine priority
The order will prioritize the U.S. over other countries in vaccine distribution
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN)- President Trump signed an executive order that will prioritize the U.S. in receiving COVID-19 vaccine doses over other countries.
“If authorized, tens of millions of vaccine doses will be available this month . . . and hundreds of millions more will quickly follow. Every American who wants the vaccine will be able to get the vaccine.” pic.twitter.com/Ofo2Opbbir
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) December 8, 2020
During a call with ABC reporters on Monday, unnamed administration officials did not say how the order will be carried out.
The U.S. will be getting 100 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine–enough to vaccinate 50 million people because the vaccine comes in two doses per person.
There are reports that the Trump administration turned down an offer from Pfizer to secure more coronavirus vaccine doses earlier in the year, but White House Press Secretary, Kayleigh McEnany says that’s not true.
Officials say the government has also worked out deals with other vaccine makers
The FDA is set to meet this week regarding the Pfizer vaccine. Next week they are supposed to meet to discuss the Moderna vaccine.