Trump health officials prepare to distribute coronavirus vaccine within 24 hours of OK from FDA

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The U.S. government plans to transport a coronavirus vaccine to distribution sites across the U.S. within 24 hours after the Food and Drug Administration grants an emergency authorization or approval, senior administration officials said Wednesday.The government will use medical supply company McKesson as its main distributor for the vaccine, Paul Ostrowski, who is overseeing logistics for the Trump administration’s Covid-19 vaccine program Operation Warp Speed, said during a press call with reporters. “We will move [the vaccine] as fast as possible within a day or so.”The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention outlined a sweeping plan Wednesday to make vaccines for Covid-19 available for free to all Americans. In the plan, the CDC said it anticipates a coronavirus vaccine will initially be granted an emergency use authorization before a full formal approval.Much of the guidance, but not all, described in the plan will overlap with many routine activities for immunizations and pandemic influenza planning, CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield said on the same call. Redfield said the plan will be updated as new information becomes available, including Covid-19 vaccine use in pregnant women and in pediatric populations. He said the vaccine will initially be very limited …

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