CDC: States Should Prepare for COVID-19 Vaccine by November

CDC: States Should Prepare for COVID-19 Vaccine by November

WASHINGTON (AP) – The federal government told states Wednesday to prepare for a coronavirus vaccine to be ready to distributed by November 1.

The timeline raised concern among public health experts about an “October surprise” – a vaccine approval driven by political considerations ahead of a presidential election, rather than science.

In a letter to governors dated August 27, Robert R. Redfield, the director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said states “in the near future” will receive permit applications from McKesson Corporation. The company has contracted with CDC to distribute vaccines to state and local health departments, hospitals and other locations.

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