The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has written to state health officials to prepare for distribution of some COVID-19 vaccine supplies.
According to The Guardian and The Washington Post, Robert Redfield, the director of the CDC, wrote to state governors saying:
“CDC urgently requests your assistance in expediting applications for these distribution facilities and, if necessary, asks that you consider waiving requirements that would prevent these facilities from becoming fully operational by November 1, 2020.”
It is not generally believed a vaccine will be fully approved by this date, therefore roll-out might require emergency authorisation. This would carry safety risks and potentially cost lives, but could also save lives by vaccinating sooner.
The timing of 1st November has raised concerns that this issue is more political than health-related, coming just before Americans vote in the Presidential election.