Dec, 14t 2020 – The U.S. government and the United Parcel Service have begun the enormous logistical undertaking of delivering millions of vaccine doses across the country. Trucks containing the first packages of the vaccine are leaving Pfizer’s facility in Michigan today with delivery expected to sites across all 50 states.
Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Robert Redfield has signed off on the vaccine, allowing immunizations to begin. The shots will go to front-line health-care workers and residents at long-term care facilities first, where the virus has had a devastating toll, according to CDC guidelines.
Reports say Trump administration staffers will be among the first to receive the shots. This is as more than 2,300 deaths were recorded on Saturday, a drop from Friday’s figures 3,300 deaths. New infections are being recorded as more than 219,000 cases were reported yesterday.
The White House reported that government officials will receive the vaccine to ensure essential government security and functionality. John Ullyot, National Security Spokesperson in an emailed statement said, “Senior officials across all three branches of government will receive vaccinations pursuant to continuity of government protocols established in executive policy.”
He added, “The American people should have confidence that they are receiving the same safe and effective vaccine as senior officials of the United States government on the advice of public health professionals and national security leadership.”
According to the Times, the goal is to prevent additional people from falling ill in the West wing. Trump will be among the first people to receive the vaccine.