Nearly one year after COVID-19 arrived in the U.S., the vaccine was approved for emergency use authorization on December 19.
The U.S. government commenced phase one of Operation Warp Speed following the vaccine’s arrival in January 2021.
According to the CDC, “Operation Warp Speed is a partnership among components of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the DoD to help develop, make, and distribute millions of vaccine doses for COVID-19 as quickly as possible while ensuring that the vaccines are safe and that they work.”
The operation will have three phases. Phase 1 focuses on administration planning, establishing policy and sending the limited doses to first responders and key personnel. Phase 2 will have three additional stages, and phase 3 will be universal availability of vaccines.
Phase 2a, will focus on limited distribution as the controlled pilot, and 2b will focus on expanded distribution, which transitions from a controlled…
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