On Friday, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the first COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use.
This was the fastest vaccine ever produced for a novel pathogen and demonstrated a 95% efficacy rate during clinical trials. According to scientists and professionals at the FDA, the vaccine has proven to be safe and effective.
Over the weekend, the Trump Administration worked with Pfizer to begin the vaccine distribution process to the American people. Health care workers and people who live and work in long-term care facilities received the first doses of the vaccine on Monday morning.
Less than a year after COVID-19 took over nearly every aspect of our lives, Operation Warp Speed, combined with wearing a mask and social distancing, proved a successful and functional strategy to bring us closer to the end of the pandemic.
Yesterday, Secretary Alex Azar of Health and Human Services (HHS) stated that, based on the distribution plan outlined by Operation Warp Speed, 20 million Americans will receive the vaccine in December, 50 million Americans will receive the vaccine by the end of January, and an estimated 100 million Americans will receive the vaccine by the end of February.
Without our scientists’ and doctors’ tireless work, this unprecedented and historic medical feat would not have been accomplished. The vaccine’s development and distribution network could not have been possible without the effective planning of Operation Warp Speed and the Trump Administration’s efforts to defeat the coronavirus.
To find more information regarding the COVID-19 vaccine, the order and outline for vaccine distribution, and any other vaccine-related questions, visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's website.