The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is telling public health officials in all 50 states to get ready for a possible COVID-19 vaccination near the presidential election on Nov. 3, reports ABC News.
CDC head Dr. Robert Redfield sent a letter to the states on Aug. 27, notes McClatchy DC:
CDC urgently requests your assistance in expediting applications for these distribution facilities, and, if necessary, asks that you consider waiving requirements that would prevent these facilities from becoming fully operational by November 1, 2020.
The New York Times notes that President Donald Trump claimed on the same day, Aug. 27, there would be a vaccine before the end of the year.
Even though most vaccines take about 18 months to create and test, the CDC sent the states the instructions for shipping, mixing, storage and administration of Vaccine A and Vaccine B, which are believed to be vaccines developed by Pfizer and Moderna.
Dr. Saskia Popescu, an infection prevention epidemiologist in Arizona, found the timing of the vaccines and Election Day troubling:
This timeline of the initial deployment at the end of October is deeply worrisome for the politicization of public health and the potential safety ramifications. It’s hard not to see this as a push for a pre-election vaccine.