White House to host COVID-19 vaccine summit as it hopes to start vaccinations next week

The White House has invited pharmaceutical companies and drug distributors to a COVID-19 vaccine summit next Monday, two days before the Food and Drug Administration is to consider emergency approval for the first immunizations to halt the coronavirus pandemic.

President Trump has frequently complained that the approval process is taking too long, but officials now believe that work to distribute vaccines across the country will begin next week.

That will trigger an extraordinary logistical effort to ensure that millions of the most vulnerable people can be protected from a virus that has killed more than 250,000 in the United States.

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