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The former FDA chief predicts that states will make COVID-19 vaccines “generally available” by April

One of the biggest challenges facing the United States with its COVID-19 vaccine campaign is that demand is exceeding supply, but former Food and Drug Commissioner Scott Gottlieb believes this will suddenly reverse and “sooner than we think”. During an appearance on CNBC’s Squawk Box on Monday, Gottlieb noted that vaccine production is increasing – about 220 million doses will be launched by the end of March and another 100 million will be available in April. Those numbers will be higher if the FDA authorizes Johnson & Johnson’s emergency contestants soon, as Gottlieb expects. At this point, states would likely have to make the shots “generally available” as a shrinking but still significant reluctance to vaccinate among the American public means that if only certain groups of people have access, there won’t be enough buyers. “If we continue to ration it based on increasingly narrow populations, it will be more difficult to manage. I think we just need to open this up to general availability, which is good news.” “he said, targeting the end of March and” certainly “April. Gottlieb warned that this doesn’t mean that anyone who wants a vaccine can get one by April 1st, but he believes most people will make an appointment “We won’t have any more demand sooner than we think. Sometime in March and certainly by the end of March we need to make this widely available … everyone will be able to go online and make an appointment earlier than we think, “says @ScottGottliebMD. Pic.twitter.com/0mnWAUJN9J – Squawk Box (@SquawkCNBC) February 8, 2021 More stories from theweek.com What’s the point of Trump’s second impeachment? Botched vaccine launch

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