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Nov. 24, 2020, 4:03 p.m. EST

Officials plan to distribute 6.4 million COVID-19 vaccine doses in December, aiming for 40 million doses by end of year

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By Jared S. Hopkins

The U.S. government plans to initially roll out 6.4 million doses of a Covid-19 vaccine next month, while it is confident in meeting its goal of distributing about 40 million doses by the end of the year, federal officials said Tuesday.

Two leading vaccines, from Moderna Inc. and Pfizer Inc. and partner BioNTech SE, have shown to be about 95% effective at protecting against Covid-19. Pfizer has asked for U.S. regulators to grant an emergency use authorization while Moderna’s request should come in the coming weeks.

The U.S. government on Friday told states and other jurisdictions how many doses they should initially expect, U.S. Army Gen. Gus Perna told reporters on a conference call Tuesday. Gen. Perna serves as chief operating officer of the government’s Covid-19 response program, Operation Warp Speed. Future shipments would follow, he said.

The states’ initial amounts are based on their populations, meaning the more populous ones will receive more doses, said U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar.

An expanded version of this story appears on WSJ.com

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