December 6, 2020 4:04 PM | With information from EFE
15 minutes. Moncef Slaoui, chief advisor of Operation Warp Speed (light speed), designed by the United States (USA) to accelerate medical solutions to the pandemic, predicted this Sunday that normality could begin to return between April and May. Specifically, when a large segment of the population has been vaccinated against the virus.
The official stated that there is already “light at the end of the tunnel.” But nevertheless, encouraged Americans to continue wearing face covers. They must also maintain physical distance and wash their hands.
“We can start to see some impact on the most susceptible people probably in January and February. But in terms of population, so that our lives begin to return to normal, we are talking about April or May“, declared the official of Warp Speed to the chain CBS News on the projections of the impact of vaccination.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will meet next Thursday to evaluate whether it approves the vaccine developed by the pharmaceutical company Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech.
A week later, on December 17, the FDA will again hold a meeting. This time, to weigh the emergency authorization in the US that the manufacturers of another vaccine, Moderna, have requested.
On the scheduled date to make the first shipments of the doses, Slaoui anticipated that it will be done “the day after the vaccine is approved“.
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“If the vaccine is approved on the 10th or 11th, the moment it is approved, shipments will begin. It should take about 24 hours to reach the different vaccination sites that the jurisdictions and states have told us to send them the vaccines. And within, I would say, 36 hours after approval, the first immunization could potentially take place, “he said.
For her part, the coordinator of the White House working group against COVID-19, Deborah Birx, insisted on the importance of wearing a mask and avoiding large groups. The US is currently experiencing an expansion of the pandemic.
“It is very important for all people to understand that the way this virus spreads is that if you’re with someone inside without a mask that’s a viral spread chance“. This was stated by Birx to the chain NBC News. Likewise, he regretted that in his meetings with the communities there are those who repeat “like parrots that the masks do not work.”
The Secretary of Health and Human Services, Alex Azar, expressed in an interview with ABC News the Government’s concern about the spread of COVID-19 and the increase in cases associated with the gatherings for Thanksgiving and the upcoming holidays.
“We are concerned about the people and behavior that are coming up at Christmas“said the official. Likewise, he indicated that they want to make sure” that everyone’s loved ones are there next Christmas. “