The United States on Sunday began nationwide distribution of the Pfizer/BioNTech Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine barely two days after its approval for emergency use.
The move marks the start of a historic vaccination campaign aimed at checking a raging virus that is killing over 2,000 Americans daily.
US Government Officials say the government is aiming to inoculate no fewer than 100 million or 30 per cent of the country’s population by the end of March, 2021.
According to Reuters, trucks loaded with the first shipment left the Pfizer factory in Kalamazoo, Michigan, on Sunday evening under tight security.
Hospitals are reportedly preparing to administer the first shots, first to high-risk health care workers, nursing home residents and staff.
The Federal Government is coordinating the distribution of the vaccine to 600 locations nationwide under its Operation Warp Speed programme.
Director of the programme, Dr Moncef Slaoui, told Fox News that the country was targeting the delivery of 40 million vaccine doses, enough for 20 million people, by the end of December.
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