The first two vaccines against the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus will be available to Americans in the coming weeks, vaccinations may begin before Christmas. This was announced by US Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar after reports that Moderna is likely to receive US approval for emergency use of its vaccine. Reported by Reuters.
Azar said that US Vice President Mike Pence would discuss vaccinations with state governors later that day. One of the topics of discussion will be which groups of the population will be in priority for receiving the vaccine.
Earlier, President Donald Trump called the date for the appearance of the American vaccine against COVID-19 in the public domain. He promised that the drug will become available to the entire population of the United States in April next year. The vaccine adviser to the incumbent's administration, Moncef Sloughi, had previously argued that the first vaccine injections would be given on December 11 or 12.
The United States remains the leader in the number of people infected with coronavirus. Since the beginning of the pandemic, 13.3 million infected have been identified in the country, 266 thousand patients have died. In total, more than 62 million cases of the disease have been recorded in the world, 1.4 million people have died.