Vastavam web: President Donald Trump has signed an executive order that prioritises Americans’ access to Covid-19 vaccines before the US potentially begins helping other nations. If necessary, Trump said, he is ready to invoke the Defence Production Act to ensure that Covid-19 vaccines first get to the Americans. The Defence Production Act allows a president to force private manufacturers to ramp up production and give the federal government priority on any orders it places.
“Together, we will defeat the virus, and we will soon end the pandemic, and we will save millions and millions of lives, both in our country and all over the world. And we’ve already started,” Trump said during signing the executive order on Tuesday at a White House event celebrating ”Operation Warp Speed”, his administration’s effort to produce and distribute safe and effective vaccines for Covid-19.
As a result of this “unprecedented investment”, both Pfizer and Moderna have announced that their vaccines are approximately 95 per cent effective, he said. Pfizer has developed its vaccine outside of ”Operation Warp Speed”, but is collaborating with the US government on manufacturing and distribution. The deadly virus has so far killed more than 285,000 Americans and some 1.5 million people worldwide. As per the executive order, the Secretary of Health and Human Services is directed to provide priority access to Covid-19 vaccines to Americans. “Through this action, Trump is putting the health and safety of Americans, the viability of our economy and the security of our nation first,” the White House said.
The Trump administration is prepared to ship Covid-19 vaccine doses to every corner of America within 48 hours of the issuance of an Emergency Use Authorisation by the US Food and Drug Administration, the White House said. Trump said more companies are in the pipeline of the vaccine announcement soon.