U.S. President Donald Trump intends to sign an executive order on Tuesday, according to which the Americans will first receive the vaccine against coronavirus COVID-19, and only then it will be supplied to other countries, reports Fox News, citing sources.
“The main thing is to make sure that we distribute vaccines to Americans before we start supplying them worldwide,” an official from the presidential administration told the channel.
He also suggested that the U.S. would begin providing international access to the vaccine “in late spring and early summer,” after those “who have the desire to be vaccinated” have been vaccinated.
The source noted that the decree instructs the DHS to prioritize vaccine distribution to Americans at a speed “never before seen”.
In addition, the decree will provide a framework for work in the context of international access to the vaccine.
The decree will set out the government’s “three main approaches”, which include working with partners who have the financial means to purchase highly effective vaccines.
A senior administration official noted that for financially disadvantaged countries, the United States will “mobilize resources to help them purchase the vaccine.
Fox News notes that the decree came to light a few days before the U.S. FDA held a meeting to review an emergency application for a vaccine produced by the U.S. company Pfizer and German BioNTech, which was 95 percent effective in the final phase of clinical trials.
The FDA is also planning to hold a meeting on December 17 to review the request for approval of the vaccine by Moderna, its efficiency is 94.1%.
A source close to the White House coronavirus working group last week told Fox News that emergency approval for the vaccine from Pfizer and BioNTech could be received as early as Friday, December 11.
An emergency application is a request to start using the drug without waiting for all the body tests to be completed.