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Into People's Arms

While the push for a COVID-19 vaccine is striding ahead, the Washington Post reports there are still questions as to how a vaccine would be distributed once approved.

Getting enough vaccine samples to inoculate millions of Americans is a colossal venture, an effort that the Post notes a memo from the National Governors Association says will require the "single largest vaccination campaign ever undertaken." But it notes there has been little guidance until recently from the Trump Administration as to how that rollout may occur. 

During the H1N1 influenza outbreak, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ramped up its traditional vaccine program, and the CDC recently said it would follow a similar route to distribute a COVID-19 vaccine. But as the Trump Administration shifted much of the pandemic response to the states, Post says it's unclear to state officials what they'll need to do.

"There is so much planning to do, and not much time," Tom Inglesby, director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, tells the Post. "That preparation needs to be happening right now."