HHS expects 40M doses of vaccine by December 31

HHS Secretary Alex Azar says the government expects a total of about 40 million doses of two COVID-19 vaccines to be distributed throughout the U.S. by the end of December, pending approval by the FDA. (Nov. 18)

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ALEX AZAR: We now have two safe and highly effective vaccines that could be authorized by the Food and Drug Administration and ready to distribute within weeks.

By the end of December, we expect to have about 40 million doses of these two vaccines available for distribution, pending FDA authorization, enough to vaccinate about 20 million of our most vulnerable Americans. And production, of course, would continue to ramp up after that.

We've paid for the vaccines. We've worked to ensure that administration costs will be covered by private insurers and the federal government through Medicare, Medicaid, and our program to cover COVID-19 costs for the uninsured. So no American will face an out-of-pocket cost for getting a COVID-19 vaccine.

The ultimate goal here is to make getting a COVID-19 vaccine as convenient as getting a flu shot.

GUSTAVE PERNA: We will begin distribution of the vaccine within 24 hours after emergency-use authorization is approved, all right. And only after the science has determined and approved it accordingly, then we are poised and ready to begin distribution.

Distribution will occur from our fill/finish sites and will go to all 64 jurisdictions that we are responsible to ensure they get vaccine for within 24 hours. So everybody, every jurisdiction will have access immediately.