President Trump will reportedly sign an executive order that will apply his “America First” doctrine to the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine, ensuring that Americans have access to the vaccine before the US begins sending the vaccine to other nations via aid programs.
Fox News reported on Tuesday:
Senior administration officials told Fox News Monday that the president will reemphasize to the American people that the “priority has been an America First approach,” during a vaccine summit at the White House Tuesday.
The news of the executive order comes just days ahead of the Food and Drug Administration’s Thursday meeting regarding Pfizer and BioNTech’s application for emergency authorization of their coronavirus vaccine, three weeks after the companies filed for it. The FDA also plans to meet on Dec. 17 to discuss Moderna’s vaccine.
The nation has been waiting for a vaccine with bated breath since March as health officials declared that the only way to return to normalcy is through the development of an effective vaccine.
President Trump’s Operation Warp Speed was initiated in the early days of the pandemic to speed the vaccine development process and clear the way for an unprecedentedly quick approval process.
The US is now on the brink of approval and distribution of the vaccine, and President Trump is moving quickly to make sure Americans are prioritized.
“The priority is to make sure we distribute these vaccines to Americans before we start shipping them around the world to get international access,” an official familiar with the inner workings of the White Hosue coronavirus task force reportedly told Fox News.
The official added that the US will likely begin offering international assistance in the “late spring, early summer,” after those who have a desire to be vaccinated in the US have procured the inoculation.
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