US may start giving Pfizer shots in Dec: Health secy

US health secretary Alex Azar said on Tuesday that if Pfizer submits its interim Covid-19 vaccine to health regulators as quickly as expected, the US government now expects to begin vaccinating Americans in December.
Pfizer on Monday said that the vaccine it has been developing with German partner BioNTech SE was 90% effective against Covid-19. It said it expects safety data next week that it needs in order to submit an application for FDA’s emergency use. In a CNBC interview, he said the government would receive 20 million doses per month of the Pfizer vaccine starting at the end of this month. The US has a $2 billion contract for 100 million doses of the vaccine. “By the end of March, early April, we expect to have enough for every American who would like to be vaccinated,” Azar said.
Meanwhile, FDA has given emergency approval to an antibody treatment by Eli Lilly that is similar to a therapy given to Donald Trump.

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