After EUA, US Will Ship Only Half Of Doses For Pfizer, Moderna COVID-19 Vaccines
Operation Warp Speed will hold back initial shipments to ensure two-dose regimens can be completed; 15 December is ‘chalk’ target date for emergency authorization of Pfizer vaccine, OWS’ Gustave Perna says, calling it only a projection that does not impinge on FDA authority. Sending only half shipments also eases burden on cold shortage capacity at state and local level, he says.
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