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Pfizer says it could apply for emergency use authorization of COVID-19 vaccine by late November

advance, as soon as a vaccine is approved, the administration will deliver it to the American people immediately. Distribution will begin within 24 hours," President Trump said.

The coronavirus vaccine will be free for all Americans, but initially the COVID-19 vaccine will likely be available to higher-risk groups, such as health care workers, essential workers, the elderly, and those with health conditions that make them more vulnerable to COVID-19.

Dr. Scott Atlas, a member of the White House coronavirus response task force, said the COVID-19 vaccine would not be a forced vaccination.

In July, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Defense (DoD) announced an agreement with Pfizer for an initial order of 100 million doses of a coronavirus vaccine for the price of $1.95 billion, following EUA or licensure. The agreement provides the U.S. government an option to purchase an additional 500 million doses.

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