The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has sent notification to state officials that a coronavirus vaccine may be available for distribution by November 1.
According to a letter from CDC Director Robert Redfield, Texas-based McKesson Corporation is nearing the time when it will request permits to construct sites for distribution of the vaccine. Redfield said that any such requests should be expedited.
"The normal time required to obtain these permits presents a significant barrier to the success of this urgent public health program," Redfield wrote in the letter. "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."
Both of the vaccine candidates would involve a two-dose inoculation spaced a few weeks apart from one another.
It is widely understood that health workers, national security personnel, and vulnerable populations would be the first prioritized for any vaccine once it becomes available.
? The November 1 target date is two days before the U.S. general election.