Federal health officials have reached an agreement with pharmacies across the United States to distribute these vaccines after they have approved and provided free coronavirus vaccines to the public.
The ultimate goal is to get a COVID-19 vaccine like a flu shot.
The agreement reached with major pharmacies, grocery market pharmacies, and other chains and networks on Thursday covers about three-fifths of pharmacies in the 50 states and territories (such as Puerto Rico). Looking forward to sometime next spring, vaccines that have not yet been approved will begin to be available outside of priority groups such as healthcare workers and nursing home residents.
Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar said: “The vast majority of Americans live within five miles of pharmacies,” and he called the agreement “to ensure that all Americans have access to safe and effective A key step in the COVID-1
The announcement of the plan for the nation is to see the pandemic, and President Donald Trump’s most widespread viral surge has put the brakes on the organization of collaboration with the president-elect Biden’s transition team. The number of new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday exceeded 127,000, an increase of nearly 75% from two weeks ago. More than 60,000 Americans are hospitalized and the death toll is rising.
A successful pandemic handover between the Trump and Biden administrations will be regarded as one of America’s biggest priorities. This is shelved and Trump refused to acknowledge Biden’s victory in the election, even though Biden has appointed a coronavirus advisory group to guide his transition team.
The list of pharmacies joining the distribution partnership includes retail chains such as Rite Aid and Walgreens, supermarket pharmacies such as Albertsons and Publix, and large pharmacies such as Costco and Walmart.
The agreement came after working with CVS and Walgreens to provide vaccines and vaccinations to nursing homes.
Since the pharmaceutical giant Pfizer Pharmaceuticals announced earlier this week, optimism about the vaccine has continued to increase, with preliminary data showing that the vaccine is 90% effective.
Pfizer has been conducting its own vaccine research and development, while other manufacturers have been operating in the “Operation Warp Speed” supported by the White House, which aims to provide vaccines as soon as they are approved.
But Pfizer is also linked to Operation Warp Speed. The company signed a contract to provide 100 million doses of vaccine, and the government can also choose to purchase another 500 million doses.
Officials said the initial supplies will be restricted and will be distributed to states so that they can be assigned to priority groups such as health care workers and first responders.
The agreement reached with pharmacies on Thursday aims to act as a bridge to facilitate the distribution of vaccines as supplies increase, but before the government has enough power to withdraw and let the private market take care of things.
There is currently no approved vaccine for COVID-19, but officials said they expect to approve one or more vaccines before the end of this year.
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