CDC Sets Deadlines for COVID-19 Vaccine Plans

Plans for coronavirus vaccine distribution have been set in motion despite the absence of an FDA approved vaccine.

Health officials in the United States have until October 23 to submit plans on how they will distribute the COVID-19 vaccine when it is approved, according to CNBC.

After that submission deadline, states will have until November 1 to set up distribution centers to meet the CDC’s requirements, despite the fact that a vaccine hasn’t yet been approved by the FDA.

“This is an ambitious undertaking, but we will get there and I think the fact that we have an opportunity to get a little bit in front of something and plan for it is going to make a difference,” said Dr. Marcus Plescia, chief medical officer at the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials.

Once a vaccine is approved, government officials must determine how many doses each state will receive, then states will have to allocate doses to local providers.

More information on the coronavirus vaccine process can be found at

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