White House vaccine chief says first Americans could be vaccinated next month

Henrietta Strickland
November 22, 2020

Moncef Slaoui, the head of the United States government's effort to develop a vaccine against Covid-19, said the first Americans to receive a vaccine - if all things go according to plan - could be as early as the second week of December.

A woman holds a small bottle labeled with a "Coronavirus COVID-19 Vaccine" sticker and a medical syringe in front of displayed Pfizer logo in this illustration taken, October 30, 2020.

Slaoui said that means, if authorized, the vaccine could be rolled out the next day. Recently, US pharmaceutical company Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech announced that the vaccine appears 95 percent effective at preventing mild to severe COVID-19 disease.

Meanwhile, Russian drugmaker Sputnik V claimed that its vaccine would be cheaper than those of Moderna and Pfizer.

Speaking on the likely deal with the European Commission for the supply of millions of doses for a price below $25 per dose, the CEO said, "Nothing is signed yet, but we're close to a deal with the EU Commission".

A spokesperson for the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), which is investing in the production and promotion of the vaccine overseas, said that the price of Sputnik V would be unveiled next week.

"Sputnik V price will be announced next week, stay tuned!" the spokesperson said.

The study results mark an important step in this historic eight-month journey to bring forward a vaccine capable of helping to end this devastating pandemic.

Pfizer Chief Executive Officer Albert Bourla confirmed the application had been made in a video posted on the company's website on Friday afternoon.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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