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Trump announces executive order to ‘prioritize’ vaccine delivery to US threatened by delays

US President Donald Trump on Tuesday signed an executive order that he said will prioritize vaccine deliveries to the United States before export, underlining the fact that the country could run out of doses after the initial phase of vaccination.

The executive order will ensure “that the US government gives priority to the vaccination of American citizens, before sending the vaccines to other countries”, according to him, while Pfizer / BioNTech, whose vaccine could be authorized in the very next days, only planned to deliver 100 million doses to the United States.

Caution

United States President-elect Joe Biden warned on Tuesday that if Congress did not quickly reach a financial deal to fight the pandemic, the vaccination campaign against the novel coronavirus could slow or even stop.

“Without urgent action from Congress this month, (…) there is a real possibility that after a first vaccination campaign these efforts will slow down and stop,” the Democrat said.

Joe Biden has pledged 100 million vaccines injected in his first 100 days in office. Outgoing President Donald Trump’s team plans to have vaccinated 100 million people by March 2021, or 200 million doses.

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