U.S. President Donald Trump said vaccination against COVID-19 will begin next week. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention previously noted that the first to receive the vaccine will be physicians and residents of long-term care facilities, such as nursing homes.
The U.S. will begin vaccinating the population against COVID-19 as early as next week. President Donald Trump said during a rally in Valdost, Georgia, the video was posted on December 6 on his campaign Twitter account.
“[Production] of the vaccine is progressing at a level no one has ever thought possible, another administration would need another five years, we have seven months. And next week we’ll start vaccinating,” he said.
In early December, the Consultative Committee on Immunization Practices of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) voted to recommend that health care workers and long-term care residents be the first to receive any COVID-19 vaccine.
According to the World Health Organization, as of December 2, 51 vaccines worldwide are candidates for clinical evaluation. Preclinical trials are conducted by 163 companies. The U.S. company Moderna reported that its COVID-19 vaccine was 94.1% effective and 100% effective against severe coronavirus infection. Preliminary results of the American Pfizer BNT162b2 vaccine, developed together with German BioNTech, showed more than 90% efficacy in the third phase of clinical trials. On November 18, Pfizer announced 95% efficacy of the vaccine.
The outbreak of coronavirus infection began in late 2019 in China. On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization declared coronavirus a pandemic.