US states should be prepared to distribute a coronavirus vaccine by November 1 “just in case” one is ready, US Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams said.
“We’ve always said that we are hopeful for a vaccine by the end of this year or beginning of next year,” Adams said in an ABC News interview Friday.
“That said, it’s not just about having a vaccine that is safe and effective — it’s about being ready to distribute it.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has asked public health officials in the states to prepare to distribute a coronavirus vaccine by late October or early November.
More than 6.2 million people have been infected in the US since the pandemic began, and 187,768 people have died, according to Johns Hopkins University.
Adams said the guidance is “just in case” a vaccine is approved by that time, reiterating comments by public health officials that such an event is possible but not probable.
Source : CNN