CDC to States: Prepare to Distribute Potential COVID Vaccine Nov. 1

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has told governors and health officials to be ready to distribute a possible coronavirus vaccine this November, according to new reports.

The Hill reports that Robert Redfield, director of the CDC, informed state officials in a letter last week that permits would soon be requested to build vaccine distribution centers.

The permit requests would be made through Texas-based healthcare company McKesson Corporation and its subsidiaries.

In the letter, Redfield asked governors to waive requirements that would delay the construction of these sites.

“The normal time required to obtain these permits presents a significant barrier to the success of this urgent public health program,” Redfield wrote, according to The Hill. “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.”

The New York Times separately reported that last week, every state and U.S. territory, as well as the major cities of New York, Chicago, Houston, Philadelphia and San Antonio, were informed of two potential vaccines and their distribution in documents obtained by the outlet.

Per NYT, the documents said that the two vaccines, which were both unnamed, would each consist of two doses spaced two weeks apart.

Groups prioritized for the vaccines, the documents allegedly said, were essential workers, national security employees, seniors and members of particularly vulnerable racial and ethnic groups.

The alleged Nov. 1 date indicated is two days before the 2020 election on Nov. 3.

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