U.S. Government Plans to Distribute Coronavirus Vaccine for Free Within 24 Hours of Approval

Headline Roundup September 16th, 2020

Officials from the Department of Defense and the Department of Health and Human Services released a plan on Wednesday to distribute coronavirus vaccines to states within 24 hours of approval and at no cost to recipients. Distribution would prioritize populations like healthcare workers early on due to limited supply. Officials expect a vaccine to be ready by January 2021, although an earlier release is possible.

Coverage in some left-rated outlets linked the administration's focus on rapid vaccine release to President Donald Trump's reelection efforts. Coverage in some right-rated outlets placed emphasis on the plan to distribute the vaccine free of charge.

U.S. Government Plans to Distribute Coronavirus Vaccine for Free Within 24 Hours of Approval

From the Left
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The Trump administration on Wednesday released its most detailed plan yet for distributing and administering millions of doses of a future coronavirus vaccine to Americans for free.

The plan consists of an information campaign led by the Department of Health and Human Services public affairs department; ramping up infrastructure so a vaccine can be delivered “immediately” once authorized; and sending 6.6 million kits of supplies needed to administer the vaccine, like syringes and alcohol pads.

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From the Center
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The U.S. government on Wednesday said it will start distributing a COVID-19 vaccine within one day of regulatory authorisation as it plans for the possibility that a limited number of vaccine doses may be available at the end of the year.

Officials from the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Defense on Wednesday held a call with reporters and then released documents on the distribution plans that it is sending to the states and local public health officials.

“Our goal at Operation Warp Speed, is that...

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From the Right
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President Trump’s signature vaccine production effort, Operation Warp Speed, promised that a total of five government-funded vaccines will be in phase 3 clinical trials in the next 30 days, with the last sponsored effort slated to enter by the end of the year.

Uncertainty remains high regarding vaccine efficacy, while Department of Defense officials tried to assure reporters briefed Wednesday morning that logistics will be in place for the manufacturing and distribution of hundreds of millions of doses.

“We're dealing in a world of great uncertainty,” said Paul Mango, deputy...

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