US unveils plan to provide free coronavirus vaccine to ‘every American’
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While the US is waitingIn order to gain approval from the Food and Drug Administration, the federal government released a draft Wednesday setting out how to make these drugs available so “Any American who wants a COVID-19 vaccine can get one.” “.
The joint report by the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Defense to Congress (PDF) states that vaccines “are administered with the aim of avoiding upfront costs to providers and out-of-pocket costs to the vaccine recipient”, ie vaccines should be available free of charge for anyone who wants one.
The outline sets out a strategy for identifying “priority populations” in the early stages when vaccine supplies may be restricted and then ramping up until the vaccine is generally available. This process is expected to begin in January 2021 with approximately 100 million vaccine doses.
A companion document from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recognizes that “limited COVID-19 vaccine doses may be available through early November 2020 if a COVID-19 vaccine is FDA approved or cleared by that time.” However, COVID-19 vaccine supply may increase significantly in 2021. “
Seven vaccine candidates are currently being tested in the US, three of which are nearing the terminal stage required for FDA approval.
In a recent Associated Press poll, one in five Americans said they would turn down oneVaccine, while nearly a third of respondents said they weren’t sure they should get one. About half of those surveyed said they would receive a vaccine if one were approved.