Well being and Human Providers chief Alex Azar predicted that the entire nation’s nursing house residents may very well be vaccinated towards the coronavirus as quickly as Christmas on Sunday — as the primary doses of the vaccine started transport from Pfizer’s Michigan manufacturing plant.
“The vaccines are going out as quickly as they obtain the vaccine. That is in keeping with the governors telling us to ship to them,” Azar stated on CBS Information’ “Face the Nation.”
“We are able to have each nursing house affected person vaccinated in the US by Christmas. It’s actually a exceptional, exceptional prospect for all of us who’ve family members in nursing properties in order that we might strategy Christmas with that stage of consolation that our family members have gotten some preliminary safety already,” he stated.
However anchor Margaret Brennan questioned Azar about why drugstore chain CVS lately stated it wouldn’t begin distributing the vaccine to nursing properties till Dec. 21 below orders from the White Home.
Azar replied that there was a “misunderstanding” that has since been cleared up.
“We’re not truly asking the nursing properties to attend. And we have been capable of have a very good dialogue with CVS management about this misunderstanding that that they had on the president’s vaccine distribution summit,” Azar stated.
“So I feel we’ve gotten that each one straightened out with them and we’ll be getting CVS and Walgreens vaccinating our nursing house folks.”
He stated virtually one hundred pc of the nation’s nursing properties have signed up for the vaccination operation.
Azar additionally predicted that 100 million doses might be distributed by the tip of February — declaring that the variety of doses will improve considerably if Moderna’s vaccine is accredited by the Meals and Drug Administration by the tip of the week.