Trump's coronavirus vaccine czar says U.S. could immunize 'most susceptible' Americans by December - (CNBC via NewsPoints Desk)

  • Moncef Slaoui, who is leading the Trump administration's COVID-19 vaccine programme Operation Warp Speed, said the US could immunise those "most susceptible" to COVID-19 by December if a vaccine is approved before then, CNBC reported on Monday.

  • The US could also immunise "most of the elderly" and healthcare workers in January, Slaoui noted, adding that the rest of the public would get a vaccine sometime in January, February, March and April.

  • "We are already stockpiling small amounts of vaccine doses that could become readily available in November or in December," he said.

  • However, US health officials have repeatedly said they do not expect to find a safe and effective vaccine until the end of the year or early 2021.

  • Slaoui noted that he'll be looking to see what the recommendation will be from the FDA's advisory committee of outside experts.

  • He added that it is possible some of the vaccines could be better suited for the elderly, while others may be better for young adults and children.

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