Coronavirus vaccine timeline: When will one be widely available?

Coronavirus vaccine timeline: When will one be widely available?


With the dark winter months looming, there’s one glimmer of hope in the fight against the COVID-19 crisis.

Two, to be exact.

Vaccine candidates from Pfizer, and its German partner BioNTech, and Moderna have shown to be 95 percent effective in ongoing trials.

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The promising results have prompted Pfizer to seek approval from the Federal Drug and Food Administration for emergency use, with Moderna expected to follow suit in the coming weeks.

But while federal health officials remain optimistic that help is on the way, the availability of vaccines doesn’t equate to an immediate cure to coronavirus.

Here is a realistic timeline of when an effective vaccine could hit the shelves for all Americans.

When will a vaccine be available?

Millions of doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines should be available to certain groups by the end of December, according to Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar.

“We expect to have about 40 million doses of these

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