Donald Trump’s administration is holding a White House summit on Tuesday with experts who will outline plans for the spread of coronavirus vaccines.
President-elect Joe Biden’s transition team was not invited to the summit, although they will continue with the largest vaccination program in the country’s history since its inauguration on 20 January.
President Trump is positioning vaccine development as part of his legacy.
The Operation Supersonic Summit will be attended by Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, government experts, state leaders and the business community.
The purpose of the event is to highlight the safety of the vaccine and outline plans for its distribution.
On Monday, senior officials shared some details about the summit.
Trump will open the event with a speech welcoming the development of vaccines, one source said.
The President will also sign a decree prioritizing the distribution of government-purchased vaccines to Americans. Another source said the decree would restrict the government’s right to transfer vaccines to other countries until there is excess supply to meet domestic demand. Both officials spoke on condition of anonymity.
It is not yet clear how this decree will affect other countries’ access to vaccines. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on Monday that his country expects to receive about 250,000 doses of the vaccine from Pfizer by the end of the year.
The Food and Drug Administration will conduct a final review of the Pfizer vaccine on Thursday, and will host a vaccine meeting from Moderna later this month. Both vaccines were 95 percent effective.
Plans call for the distribution and administration of about 40 million doses of the two vaccines by the end of the year, with the first doses shipped within hours of FDA registration.
At the same time, Biden noted on Friday that the administration has not yet presented a detailed vaccination plan.
The White House insists that these plans have been developed.
A total of about 50,000 vaccination sites are involved in the government distribution system, officials said.