Dr. Vivek Murthy cautioned that the Trump administration’s timeline, which might see normal public entry to the vaccine as early as April 2021, is feasible however would require all the pieces to go proper.
“I believe in terms of the vaccine timeline, all of us need the vaccine to be delivered as shortly, as pretty as potential, and you may make certain that every single day and evening, myself and others on the Biden group are working towards that finish,” Murthy instructed NBC’s Chuck Todd throughout Sunday’s “Meet the Press.” “However we additionally wish to be reasonable in regards to the timeline.”
“I believe that if all the pieces goes effectively, we may even see a circumstance whereby late spring, people who find themselves decrease threat classes can get the vaccine, however that may actually require all the pieces to go precisely on schedule,” he stated.
“I believe it’s extra reasonable to imagine that it might be nearer to midsummer or early fall when this vaccine makes its option to the overall inhabitants.”
Biden, nonetheless, made a pledge of 100 million vaccinations in his first 100 days – a pledge Murthy downplayed when requested if that timeline was extra reasonable.
“Is it doable? Sure, I believe we will do it, however [what] we’ve obtained to do is put together and be able to execute,” Murthy stated, shifting the main target to being able to ship the vaccine.
Murthy claimed that he and “others on the Biden group” have been working with suppliers and the Trump administration to make that they’ll ship the vaccines when prepared.
“That is going to be essentially the most aggressive and impressive vaccination marketing campaign we’ve tried on this nation’s historical past, and that’s why we’re prepared on day one,” Murthy stated.