President Trump says COVID-19 vaccine to be given out in less than 24 hours

 President Donald Trump announced Friday that Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine would be given out in less than 24 hours.

The details came as the Food and Drug Administration issued an emergency use authorization for Pfizer's vaccine.

"We have already begun shipping the vaccine to every state and ZIP code in the country," Trump said. "The first vaccine will be administered in less than 24 hours."

Trump said late Friday that Pfizer had “passed the gold standard of safety,” in a video statement hailing the vaccine as “one of the greatest scientific accomplishments in history.”

The Pfizer-BioNTech shot sets a record scientific achievement that shaved years off the usual process. Trump called it a medical miracle.

About 3 million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine are expected in the first shipments around the country, according to officials with Operation Warp Speed, the Trump administration’s vaccine development program. 

A similar amount is to be held in reserve for those recipients' second dose.

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