A letter sent by the CDC's Robert Redfield at the behest of the Trump administration calls on individual states to rapidly peel back all the red tape and pave the way for the nationwide distribution of Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccines, which is set to commence in less than two months.
What the Trump administration wants is for states to begin setting up vaccine distribution sites as quickly as possible. These sites will require "freezer farms" to keep the vaccines chilled, as well as other logistical components to ensure their rapid delivery.
The problem, however, is that existing regulatory requirements make the process slow, and Trump wants it to be fast. Thus, he is using Redfield to issue a decree to each and every state calling for all regulatory barriers to be scrapped.
"The normal time required to obtain these permits presents a significant barrier to the success of this urgent public health program," Redfield wrote in his letter, dated Aug. 27.
"CDC urgently requests your assistance in expediting applications for these distribution facilities," Redfield's letter goes on to read, further petitioning, "and, if necessary ... consider waiving requirements that would prevent these facilities from becoming fully operational by November 1, 2020."
Trump is determined to mass-vaccinate as many Americans as possible before the election, which some speculate is his way of trying to boost his chances of winning. This is why the vaccine candidates that are furthest along in clinical trials are being rushed into commercial production at Trump's command.
Despite earlier suggesting that the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) might "go away without a vaccine," Trump has since switched his tune and is now pushing for mass distribution as quickly and as early as possible.
"The first vaccines most likely to emerge from Phase III clinical trials will pose exceptional challenges to public health officials, requiring storage in sub-zero temperatures and two doses per individual spread weeks apart," writes Michael Wilner for McClatchyDC.
Officials appointed by Trump to head up his so-called "Operation Warp Speed" program for mass Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination say that, come November, the administration will be unveiling an "overwhelming" public messaging campaign to strongarm Americans into getting vaccinated.
At the Republican National Convention last week, Trump, Ivanka, Mike Pence, and other Republicans reiterated the Operation Warp Speed plan, which is aiming for the rollout of Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccines before the November election.
"It will be preceded by a practice run – we're talking about having early discussions in September and October about how this will actually work," indicated Wes Wheeler, president of UPS Healthcare and one of the stakeholders who stands to benefit from Trump's Nov. 1 rollout of Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccines.
"I think we'll all be given instructions on how it will work – we haven't seen that yet," Wheeler added. "They're talking about 10 million doses in November."
The first people to receive Trump's Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccines will be those who are considered vulnerable, meaning non-white, elderly, and immunocompromised. After that, everyone else will be expected to line right up and get jabbed as more vaccines come off the production line.
"These will be almost hand-to-mouth shipments," Wheeler further indicated about how cold chain shipping containers that can hold vaccines for up to 96 hours at required temperatures will be sent all across the country by November.
"So we'll be getting orders to ship overnight to a nursing home, or a senior living facility, or a vaccination center of some kind or hospital, or they'll have people lined up ready to be vaccinated."
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