The army general in charge of Operation Warp Speed says the federal government will begin distributing a coronavirus vaccine within 24 hours of approval. However, he is concerned about anti-Vaxxers that would refuse to be vaccinated.
Gus Perna was asked during an interview on CBS News’ “60 Minutes” Sunday how quickly a vaccine would be delivered to 300 million Americans.
“Within 24 hours,” said Perna.
The veteran Army supply officer blamed for the sales effort by President Trump said that once he issued an “execution order”, things would get going.
He also said the government had doses of a vaccine in stock but would not elaborate on them.
“I’m sticking to this number right now because I don’t want to create fear and we have to work through the details. I’ll have more in a month,” he said.
Pfizer, one of several drug companies working on a vaccine, announced Monday that studies show its vaccine is more than 90 percent effective against the disease that has killed more than 237,000 Americans.
“With today’s news, we are a significant step closer to providing a much-needed breakthrough to people around the world to end this global health crisis,” said Albert Bourla, chairman and CEO of Pfizer, in a statement.
Perna also reiterated the concern expressed by Judith Persichilli, New Jersey’s health commissioner, that many people might avoid the vaccine.
“We surveyed 2,000 people, doctors, and nurses in the healthcare sector and we know that over 60 percent of doctors said they were receiving the vaccine. We know about 40 percent of the nurses said they would line up to get the vaccines, “Persichilli told CBS in an interview, adding,” there is a lot of vaccine hesitation.
Perna said it was his worst nightmare.
“We get vaccines for the American people and they don’t take them. Shame on us.” Hey, I’ve been sick, I don’t need it. “Shame on us.” Hey, I don’t believe in vaccines. “Shame on us. Just be ashamed of us and it keeps me up at night, ”said Perna.