Washington, United States: The U.S. Officials releases a statement on Thursday, if a COVID-19 vaccine is proven effective, the US will ensure it’s distributed for free to all Americans.
“We are not at all reducing the regulatory rigor with which we will evaluate and hopefully approve vaccines,” Paul Mango, a senior health department official, told reporters.
Notably, the United States has invested more than $10 billion in six vaccine projects and signed contracts guaranteeing the delivery of hundreds of millions of doses as they clear clinical trials. The vaccine doses themselves will be paid for by the U.S. government.
As per officials, the payments for the doctors and clinics that administer these doses will be covered by private and public insurers.
“Most of the commercial insurers have agreed to waive any out-of-pocket costs to their customers. We are on track to deliver hundreds of millions of doses by January 2021,” Mango added in his statement.
The director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Francis Collins said he was “cautiously optimistic” that at least one of the six vaccines the US had invested in would come through by the end of the year.
However, critics of President Donald Trump have expressed worries that the administration may bypass safety precautions to announce a vaccine is available before the election on November 3. But as obvious, Mango has denied these charges and said;
“We are not at all reducing the regulatory rigor with which we will evaluate and hopefully approve vaccines.”
Earlier, Russia approved a vaccine even before the start of the last phase of clinical trials this week, in which the drug is injected into tens of thousands of volunteers to verify its effectiveness and safety.