The US just laid out a 57-page playbook to get free coronavirus vaccines to every American. Here are the 5 crucial takeaways.

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The Trump administration has released a playbook detailing how the government plans to give every American a free coronavirus vaccine.

The playbook is an interim version that isn’t finished and that left several questions unanswered, given that a coronavirus vaccine hasn’t been approved yet. The US is fast-tracking a shot through its “Operation Warp Speed” program and has several vaccines in the later stages of clinical trials. 

Officials released the coronavirus vaccine playbook to the public on Wednesday morning, just ahead of a Senate hearing on the topic. It also came the same day as Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden prepared to deliver a speech about how he would distribute a coronavirus vaccine if elected to the White House. 

Government officials widely view a vaccine as key to reopening the US economy. The playbook said states should start preparing for the vaccine and look at past distribution efforts to see what they could learn from them. The government is paying McKesson Corporation to deliver the vaccine to locations across the US. 

Business Insider combed through the 57-page document, written by the Department of Health and Human Services, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Department of Defense. Here are five highlights from the playbook. 

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Vaccines will go out in phases and two doses are likely 

The playbook cautions that officials can’t yet predict which vaccines will be approved and when, how well they’ll work, and how they’ll need to be stored. However, it also said vaccines may be available as early as this November.  

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At the beginning, there won’t be enough vaccines for everyone to get one. That means officials will have to decide who will get the vaccine first. Though they’re still making a final decision, the playbook said those likely to get the shot first include healthcare providers, such as doctors and nurses; people at high risk of getting seriously sick from the virus, including seniors; and essential workers who cannot do their jobs from home. 

Officials told reporters in a call Wednesday that they expected a vaccine would require two doses, and that they’ll need to be given between 21 days and 28 days apart. 

Health officials will be able to give vaccines to more people as more supplies become available. Eventually, officials expect that there will be plenty of vaccines to go around, but didn’t predict how many months it would take to get there. 

Officials have a plan for deciding who will be first 

Government officials will be leaning on the respected National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine — which operates outside the government — to come up with final suggestions for who should get the shot first. From there, CDC will make a determination.  

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Source:: Business Insider


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