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Nov 23, 2020
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The top official leading US efforts to develop a Covid-19 vaccine says the first Americans could receive the inoculation as early as mid-December.

Dr Moncef Slaoui, chief scientific adviser for the government’s Operation Warp Speed programme, said the plan was "to ship vaccines to the immunisation sites within 24 hours" of being granted approval.

"I expect maybe on day two, after approval on 11 or 12 December, hopefully the first people will be immunised across the United States," he told CNN on Sunday morning.

Pfizer Inc and German partner BioNTech submitted an application to the US Food and Drug Administration for emergency use authorisation for their Covid-19 vaccine candidate on Friday, and an FDA vaccine advisory committee is slated to meet on 10 December.

According to Dr Slaoui, if the vaccine is approved it could be rolled out the next day, launching the largest inoculation campaign in US history.

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