Trump says first US vaccine will be administered ‘in less than 24 hours’

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Trump says first US vaccine will be administered ‘in less than 24 hours’

PFIZER. The logo of US multinational pharmaceutical company Pfizer, is pictured at a factory in Puurs, where Covid-19 vaccines are being produced for Britain, on December 3, 2020.

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The US is set to administer the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine after the FDA grants it emergency use authorization

President Donald Trump said the US will start administering the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine “in less than 24 hours,” after the Food and Drug Administration granted it an emergency use authorization late Friday, December 11.

“The first vaccine will be administered in less than 24 hours,” Trump said in a televised address released on Twitter.

“Through our partnership with FedEx and UPS, we have already begun shipping the vaccine to every state and zip code in the country,” he said, adding that governors would decide who would receive the shots first in their states.

“We want our senior citizens, health care workers and first responders to be first in line,” said Trump. “This will quickly and dramatically reduce deaths and hospitalizations.” –

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