A health worker injects a person during clinical trials for a Covid-19 vaccine at the Research Centers of America in Hollywood, Florida on Sept. 9. Eva Marie Uzcategui / Bloomberg via Getty Images
The first shipments of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine will be delivered on December 15th. This came out from a document received by CNN on Tuesday regarding Operation Warp Speed.
The document made available to governors prior to calling the vice president on Monday also estimated that the first shipment of the vaccine will be delivered by Moderna on December 22nd.
These distribution dates are subject to a decision by the US Food and Drug Administration to approve each emergency vaccine. Pfizer filed an application with the FDA on November 20, and Moderna filed an application on November 30.
The FDA’s Advisory Panel on Vaccines and Allied Biological Products, a panel of independent experts, will meet on December 10 to review Pfizer’s data and provide the FDA with a recommendation for approval of the vaccine.
The document set a four-day window of time between December 11 and 14 for review by the FDA and the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices to make recommendations on who should receive the vaccine first. On December 15th, the first doses of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine will be dispensed according to the outline.
Next, on December 17th, VRBPAC is due to consider Moderna’s vaccine. After a four-day review window from December 18-21, the document stated that the first shipments of the vaccine from Moderna are expected to arrive on December 22nd.
The document included a vaccine manufacturing forecast, which estimates 22.5 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine and 18 million doses of the Moderna vaccine will be manufactured in December.
A list of “essential tasks” for governors to complete by December 4th, including pre-ordering Pfizer vaccines, registering vendors for the Covid-19 vaccination program, and finalizing micro-plans for distribution and administration.