Federal officials have told states to get ready to distribute a coronavirus vaccine by Nov. 1.
In an Aug. 27 letter to governors, Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), said states “in the near future” will receive permit applications from McKesson Corp., which has contracted with the CDC to give out vaccines to locations including state and local health departments and hospitals, The Associated Press reported.
“CDC urgently requests your assistance in expediting applications for these distribution facilities and, if necessary, asks that you consider waiving requirements that would prevent these facilities from becoming fully operational by Nov.1,” Redfield said in the letter first reported by McClatchy.
The CDC sent planning documents to selected health departments including possible timelines for when vaccines would be available, speculating a vaccine could be ready as soon as the end of October and advised formulating plans should be made in case that scenario develops. Any such vaccine would be authorized by the Food and Drug Administration under emergency powers, AP reported.