As Washington state faces its most dangerous coronavirus surge, there is a glimmer of hope in the race for a coronavirus vaccine.
Drugmaker Pfizer said its vaccine is 95% effective and plans to apply for an emergency approval from the FDA on Friday. If all goes as planned, Pfizer’s vaccine could be rolled out in December.
That has state health officials gearing up for the distribution of a vaccine. But when or how much is distributed is still up in the air. “We believe the federal government is going to be making decisions based on population allocations which means we’re about 2% of the entire population of the U.S. So whatever that final number is we expect to be getting - at this point 2%,” said Michele Roberts of the Washington State Department of Health.
The state said it has received 400 applications from health care providers to administer the vaccine so far.