(ETH) – Here comes the first round of coronavirus vaccines and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has already issued a letter to U.S. governors alerting them to begin preparing their states for distributing the vaccine this fall.
This comes as reports indicate that several candidates of the vaccine have entered Phase Three clinical trials, with production ramping up in the event any of them are ultimately approved for use. “The U.S. Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are rapidly making preparations to implement large-scale distribution of COVID-19 vaccines in the fall of 2020,” the letter from CDC Director Robert Redfield, dated Aug. 27, said.
“This vaccine distribution is expected to be a public health effort of significant scale, potentially involving hundreds of millions of vaccine doses to be distributed across the U.S.” In the letter, the CDC stated they will be using the McKesson Corp. to distribute the vaccines to state and local agencies, medical facilities, and vaccine providers.
However, the CDC has to obtain licenses and permits. “These permits are needed to allow McKesson to distribute the vaccine into or from your state,” the letter continued, noting that other permits for building and other business purposes may be needed as well. “CDC urgently requests your assistance in expediting applications for these distribution facilities from becoming fully operational by Nov. 1, 2020.” The letter stated that any potentially waived requirements “will not compromise the safety or integrity of the products being distributed.”