CDC Tells States to Prepare to Distribute Vaccines By November 1, 2020 and Maybe End of October

A letter from Robert Redfield, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is telling states they will soon be receiving permit applications from McKesson Corp to distribute vaccines to places including state and local health departments and hospitals.

The CDC is urgently requesting state governor assistance in expediting applications for vaccine distribution facilities and, if necessary, asks that you consider waiving requirements that would prevent these facilities from becoming fully operational by November 1, 2020.

McKesson is the largest seasonal flu vaccine distributor in the U.S. and distributes up to 150 million doses of all vaccines annually to public health clinics, hospitals, physician offices, nursing homes, pharmacies and other care facilities.

The CDC also sent three planning documents to some health departments that included possible timelines for when vaccines would be available. The documents are to be used to develop plans for early vaccination when the supply might be constrained, according to one of the documents, which outlined a scenario in which a vaccine could be available as soon as the end of October.

One of the CDC documents says that limited COVID-19 vaccine doses may be available by early November and that supply will increase substantially in 2021.

Written By Brian Wang,

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