The head of the Covid-19 vaccination program in the White House, Moncef Slaoui, announced that the first group of Americans will receive vaccines as early as the second week of December.
Pfizer sent an application to the US Food and Drug Administration for an emergency use permit for its Covid-19 vaccine candidate on Friday, November 20, and an FDA vaccine advisory committee is expected to meet on December 10.
What this means, according to Slaoui, is that it will be carried out the next day if the vaccine is approved.
Slaoui has said that the percentage of the people who need to be vaccinated for life to return to normal is expected to occur in May, based on plans.
Our plan is to be able to send vaccines within 24 hours of approval to the immunization sites, so I will expect it to be on the second day of approval, on the 11th or 12th of December, maybe.
Slaoui told Tapper that with the level of efficacy that has been shown in both Pfizer and Moderna's vaccines, "70% or so of the population being immunized would allow for true herd immunity to take place, that is likely to happen somewhere in the month of May, or something like that based on our plans."
Following Slaoui's comments on Sunday, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the US' top infectious disease expert, told CBS' Margaret Brennan on "Face The Nation," that while he "totally agree[s]" with Slaoui that there could be herd immunity by May, it would require that a majority of the country be vaccinated.