Joe Biden's new CDC Director on Thursday said COVID-19 vaccines will not be as widely available as the flu shot by mid-February, a promise that was made by Trump's Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar last month, and that the roll out will take much longer.
Speaking on Today, Dr. Rochelle Walensky was unable to give a date for when the vaccines would be available in pharmacies and said the new administration has to put 'the peddle to the metal' to get them out to Americans faster.
The Biden administration says fighting COVID-19 is its top priority and the President has vowed to vaccinate 100million Americans in his first 100 days in office.
They have made sweeping promises to ramp up vaccine distribution.
So far, they have made mentions of using medical students, medical military, retired doctors and nurses and sites like gymnasiums and community centers to bolster the vaccination program.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
Speaking on Today, Dr. Rochelle Walensky was unable to give a date for when the vaccines would be available in pharmacies and said the new administration has to put 'the peddle to the metal' to get them out to Americans faster
Biden will open 100 large-scale vaccination sites to begin with and he will also order manufacturers to produce syringes, needles, masks or any of the missing elements that may be slowing down the effort under the Defense Production Act.
Officials say the Trump administration had no clear plan and they have had to begin from 'square one'.
Walensky said on Thursday: 'Will it be in every pharmacy in this country by that timeline? I don't think so.
'And as I said early on, I'm going to tell you the truth here. I don't think late February we're going to have vaccine in every pharmacy in this country.
'We said 100 million doses in -- the first in 100 days and we’re going to stick to that plan. But I also want to be very cognizant of the fact that after 100 days there's still a lot of Americans who need vaccine.'
She said a key part of the plan will be utilizing the new vaccines that are due to be approved.
As of right now, only Pfizer and Moderna's vaccines have been approved in the US.
AstraZeneca's has been approved in the UK but not yet in America.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
Johnson & Johnson is due to have its vaccine data reviewed in the next 'week or so', according to Dr. Anthony Fauci.
'The more vaccines we have out there that have FDA authorization, the better shape we'll be in,' Dr. Walensky said.
She also said they'd started working on how to speed up vaccine production, but would not give a timeline for when it would start happening more quickly.
On December 14, Alex Azar, Trump's HHS Secretary, said the vaccines would be as available as the flu shot by mid-February
'There are numerous plans, as we think forward, as to how we're going to get people vaccinated. We need to make sure -- we titrate the amount of