Health officials say every state will have COVID vaccine doses within 24 hours after FDA green light

Although no COVID-19 vaccine has received authorization yet, every state should have access to at least some doses within 24 hours of FDA's okay, health officials said Wednesday. "Every jurisdiction will have access immediately upon the initial push of the vaccine," asserted Gen.

Although no COVID-19 vaccine has received authorization yet, every state should have access to at least some doses within 24 hours of FDA's okay, health officials said Wednesday. "Every jurisdiction will have access immediately upon the initial push of the vaccine," asserted Gen. Gustave Perna, chief operating officer of the Trump administration's Operation Warp Speed, during a call with reporters. After that, he said, there will be weekly distributions as more vaccine doses become available. Pfizer and BioNTech said Wednesday their vaccine is 95% effective at preventing cases of COVID-19, and they plan to seek FDA approval very soon. Moderna also recently announced promising results for its vaccine candidate. Perna noted that when a vaccine is available, the administration will make sure its distribution is equitable, although he did not provide details about initial dosage amounts. He also urged states not to worry about the ultra-cold storage needed for Pfizer-BioNTech's vaccine. "What I've been coaching jurisdictions is, don't be afraid of the constraints," Perna said. "Don't be afraid of the refrigeration requirements. If more is needed, the capability exists to purchase and have it delivered in a timely manner for both refrigeration and dry ice."