Guwahati: Two months before the United States heads to the polling booths to elect its next President, the incumbent Donald J Trump on Wednesday announced his administration's 'National Vaccine Distribution Plan' to deliver Covid-19 vaccines, free of cost, to all Americans.
The initiative has been termed as "the largest, fastest and most advanced vaccine distribution effort in American history by far" by Trump, who is known for making exaggerations.
Trump's initiative for a swift delivery of vaccines has come amid rising tensions in the US, which has over 6.8 million coronavirus cases, the most in the world.
Here's all you need to know about Donald Trump's plan:
The National Vaccine Distribution Plan has been developed by the departments of Health and Human Services and Defense. As per this initiative, the states and localities are required to submit plans to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) by October 16.
In the initial stages, the focus will be on protecting health workers, people in vulnerable groups, and other essential employees as there might be a scarcity of vaccines.
Under the initiative, the patients will require two doses of the COVID-19 vaccines -- which will be given 21 to 28 days apart. Also, the vaccine will have to be from the same drug maker.
The vaccine is expected to be delivered swiftly, possibly within 24 hours, after an emergency use authorization by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
The vaccine will be delivered under Operation Warp Speed, a White House initiative to have millions of doses ready to be shipped on receiving necessary approval. Meanwhile, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has urged Trump to defer to scientists and not rush the rollout of a COVID-19 vaccine.
"Let me be clear: I trust vaccines, I trust scientists, but I don't trust Donald Trump," Biden said. "At this moment, the American people can't either."