"This is one of the greatest scientific accomplishments in history. It will save millions of lives and soon end the pandemic once and for all. ... On behalf of the American people I’d like to thank all of the brilliant scientists, technicians, doctors, and workers who made this all possible."
"The United States is the first nation in the world to produce a verifiably safe and effective vaccine," the president said, adding that the first vaccine will be administered in less than 24 hours, and that doses are being shipped to all U.S. states. State governors are expected to decide who can receive the vaccine first, he noted.
The president said that his administration had provided some $14 billion through Operation Warp Speed—a public-private effort to fast-track the development and manufacturing of all of the top COVID-19 vaccine candidates in advance.
"This included a nearly $2 billion investment in Pfizer to produce 100 million doses of their vaccine with an option to produce 500 million additional doses, and I’m proud to say we have made sure that this vaccine will be free for all Americans," he said.
The U.S. government has pledged to distribute 2.9 million doses of the vaccine to the public within 24 hours of FDA approval.
"We want our senior citizens, health care workers, and first responders to be first in line. This will quickly and dramatically reduce deaths and hospitalizations," Trump said. "When the China virus invaded our shores, I promised that we would proceed a vaccine in record time before the end of the year. They said it couldn’t be done, but with today’s announcement, we have now achieved that goal."
"A vaccine will vanquish the virus and return life back to normal," he added. "The pandemic may have begun in China but we are ending it right here in America."
The VaccineThe vaccine is purported to immunize against COVID-19, which is the symptomatic disease caused by the virus SARS-CoV-2, also referred to as the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus. The likely regimen is for individuals to receive two doses, administered 21 days apart.
According to the FDA, the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine contains messenger RNA (mRNA), which is genetic material. This is the first time a vaccine has been developed for a coronavirus as well as the first time the FDA has approved a product that uses messenger RNA (mRNA) technology.
Vaccine providers are required to report any serious adverse effects or vaccination administration errors to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System, hosted by Health and Human Services. Vaccine manufacturers are immune from liability for any adverse reactions.
The FDA will consider granting an EUA to Moderna's vaccine for the CCP virus on Dec. 17.