US unveils plan to provide free coronavirus vaccine to 'every American'
September 17, 2020
While the US waits for one or more COVID-19 vaccines to win approval from the Food and Drug Administration, the federal government released an outline Wednesday detailing how it intends to make those drugs available so that "every American who wants to receive a COVID-19 vaccine can receive one."
The joint report to Congress (PDF) from the Department of Health and Human Services and Department of Defense indicates that vaccines will be administered "with the goal of no upfront costs to providers and no out-of-pocket cost to the vaccine recipient," meaning vaccines should be available free of charge for anyone who wants one.
The outline lays out a strategy for identifying "priority populations" during the early stages, when vaccine supplies may be constrained, then gradually ramping up until the vaccine is widely available. This process is expected to begin in January 2021 with about 100 million doses of vaccine.