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HHS' Azar: Vaccine Order Nothing to Do With Election

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Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar (Mandel Ngan/Getty Images)

By    |   Thursday, 03 September 2020 10:53 AM EDT

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's order for states to be ready to distribute a COVID-19 vaccine by Nov. 1 has nothing to do with the presidential election just two days later, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar insisted Thursday. 

"It has nothing to do with elections," Azar said on "CBS This Morning." "This has to do with delivering safe, effective vaccines to the American people as quickly as possible and saving people’s lives."

Azar also said he thinks it's "irresponsible" to politicize the distribution of the vaccine. 

"We have a significant challenge with vaccine hesitancy, and efforts to undermine confidence in a vaccine that would come hurts in terms of people being willing to take a vaccine once it comes through," said Azar. "Any vaccine that comes out is going to meet the FDA's [Food and Drug Administration's] gold standards ... we are literally in phase 3 clinical trials on three vaccines months from the initial development of those vaccines."

In early August, the CDC told states in early August to assume that "limited doses" of a vaccine would be available this fall. But according to a new letter dated Aug. 27, CDC Director Robert Redfield said that states will be getting permit applications from the medical supply company McKesson, which Azar's department has tagged to help distribute the vaccine. 

The deadline was made by Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, and other CDC staff, said Azar.

"We are producing millions of doses of commercial-grade vaccine, and God forbid we get great data and it comes out of the Data and Safety Monitoring Board, and the FDA finds that it meets their standards, and we aren't ready to distribute," said Azar. "We should be celebrating the fact that it's even a potentiality that we could have an approved vaccine ready in the next month or two."

The vaccine would be distributed in four phases, with healthcare workers and vulnerable Americans, such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions, getting it first. 

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's order for states to be ready to distribute a COVID-19 vaccine by Nov. 1 has nothing to do with the presidential election just two days later, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar insisted Thursday. "It has nothing to do with...
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