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First US immunisations could arrive on December 12

Published:Sunday | November 22, 2020 | 1:35 PMAssociated Press
Pedestrians pass by the Pfizer world headquarters, November 9 in New York (AP photo).

(AP)- The head of the US effort to produce a COVID-19 vaccine says the first immunisations could happen on December 12.

A Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory committee is set to meet December 10 to discuss Pfizer Inc.’s request for an emergency use authorisation for its developing COVID-19 vaccine.

Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech recently announced that the vaccine appears 95 per cent effective at preventing mild to severe COVID-19 disease in a large, ongoing study.

Dr Moncef Slaoui, head of the Operation Warp Speed, the COVID-19 vaccine programme, says plans are to ship vaccines to states within 24 hours of expected FDA approval. 

Slaoui told CNN he expects vaccinations would begin on the second day after approval, December 12.

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