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U.S. Secretary of State for Health and Human Services Alex Azar speaks to the press in the James Brady press briefing room at the White House in Washington, DC on November 20. Tasos Katopodis / Getty Images
U.S. Health Secretary Alex Azar said he would love to receive the first post-approval Covid-19 vaccine, if only to show Americans that he has “utmost confidence” in the integrity of the vaccine approval process and the quality of the vaccine Covid-19 vaccines.
“I wouldn’t ask the American people to do something I couldn’t do myself,” Azar said at a briefing on Operation Warp Speed on Wednesday.
Operation Warp Speed Team said they were so focused on getting the vaccine to the Americans that they didn’t think about who would get the first shot.
“We focused so much on speed, brought it out and committed ourselves to the governors,” said Azar.
“We’ll probably have to, ah, make a plan of who gets it first,” said General Gustave Perna, Chief Operating Officer of Operation Warp Speed.
“We will all be available when the time is right to get the shot,” said Perna.
More about the vaccine: Perna said 2.9 million doses of vaccine will be given out in the first shipment from Pfizer if the U.S. Food and Drug Administration grants emergency approval.
Perna said there were 6.4 million doses initially that the federal government would expect in the first shipment from Pfizer. He separated 500,000 doses for reserve supply and then divided that number in half, as the Pfizer vaccine requires two doses to be effective, bringing the total in the first shipment to 2.9 million doses.