First US immunisations could arrive on December 12

(AP)- The head of the US effort to produce a COVID-19 vaccine says the first immunisations could happen on December 12.

A Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory committee is set to meet December 10 to discuss Pfizer Inc.’s request for an emergency use authorisation for its developing COVID-19 vaccine.

Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech recently announced that the vaccine appears 95 per cent effective at preventing mild to severe COVID-19 disease in a large, ongoing study.

Dr Moncef Slaoui, head of the Operation Warp Speed, the COVID-19 vaccine programme, says plans are to ship vaccines to states within 24 hours of expected FDA approval. 

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Slaoui told CNN he expects vaccinations would begin on the second day after approval, December 12.

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