Pfizer to file for Emergency Use Authorization for COVID vaccine

Gen. Gus Perna, chief operating officer of Operation Warp Speed, talks with “GMA” about when and how Americans can expect to get a vaccine.
5:48 | 11/20/20

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Transcript for Pfizer to file for Emergency Use Authorization for COVID vaccine
They do deserve it. Pfizer expected to file for emergency use authorization today for their covid-19 vaccine and we're joined by the general in charge of making sure Americans can get it. General Gustave Perna. Thanks for joining us. What exactly do you expect to have happen today? Are you ready to distribute this vaccine? Hey, George, so, thanks, thanks for having me on the show this morning. Really remarkable news, you know, we've been on this journey for just a short time in relative terms so for pfizer to file for their eua is and my responsibility is to make sure that we're ready to take the next step, which is distribute safe and effective vaccine to the American people. And what do you have stockpiled right now? How quickly can it get out? So we have about 40 million doses ofcicine give or take exactly when the eua comes out and what we're going to do is we're going to execute fair and equitable distribution based on the population of the jurisdictions, jurisdictions identified as the 00 states, eight territories and six metropolitan cities a so coupled working with the states and the CDC, we have developed a very extensive plan on how to distribute the vaccine. I will tell you, our success is going T to be because of our whole of America approach. It's really been remarkable. Whether it's the scientists and health and human services, the planners, ctors, the great professional loge decision at the CDC and I just can't understand how powerful commercial industry has been in this effort, right? All the way from pfizer and modern through Mckesson which is going to distribute it in a great trucking mechanism and then down to CVS and Walgreens as they partner with us to distribute the vaccine. You say it's going to be fair and equitable. How do you decide who gets it first? So my responsibility is to make sure that the vaccine gets out to the nation in a timely manner, so our goal, eua, plus 24 hours vaccines moving throughout the country. We are executing it against a pro-rata to the total population ofhe states. Cece it gets down to the states the governors with eua guidance, CDC acip guidance will make sure the priority for execution of the vaccine interstate will be implemented. Of course, this distribution plan will have to continue after January 20th when Joe Biden is going to be president of the United States. We heard the President-Elect say yesterday the fact they can't coordinate with your team could cost lives over time. What kind of coordination have you had, if any, and what challenges are created by the fact that you haven't? Let me assure you, my mission is very clear. I'm a soldier in the united States army. I've been doing it for over 3 7 my mission is to get safe and effective vaccines to the American people and we are implementing that and I have 100% confidence with this whole of America approach that's G to occur. There's been no slowdown because you can't communicate with Biden's transition team? Absolutely not. Clear, concise guidance, get safe and effective vaccines to the American people. How do you convince the American people to take it? We still see a majority of Americans questioning whether the vaccine is going to be safe and effective. So, I just -- one of the reasons why I'm here on this show with you this morning, truth in lending is just to put a face behind what we're doing. Dr. Salawi and have been co-leading this for the past six everything we do is about providing safe and effective vaccines to the American people. We started with the development, manufacturing, we have taken no shortcuts to this end. It has been a well regulated and accounted for process that we are ensuring occurs the right way. What we did to get the vaccines to ourselves quickly is in parallel we've been executing we started it way -- six months ago, really through the process which is also a well regulated process and so we collectively have ensured the accountability of the safe and effective vaccine. And can you get it to those communities that need it the most? Those underserved Latino, African-American communities? So as I said we'll get it down to the states. The states are going to tell us exactly where they want it to we can put it in one place in the state or we could put it in 10,000 places in the state and so as they figure out their distribution plan across their states, we will ensure that the vaccine gets there in a timely manner. We'll make an initial push once eua is approved of everything we have on the shelf and then every week we're going to maintain a cadence of delivery of vaccine so the states have access and prior planning knowledge to ensure it gets to the right places at the right time. We've also done other coordination, for example, with Walgreens and CVS. Both these companies sat with their CEOs and their teams very elaborate, comprehensive operational plans on how they can partner with the states to deliver vaccines from inner city to rural America and I'm incredibly confident they can do. General perou have such a big ahead. Thanks for your service and for joining us this morning. Coming up, with so many kids

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