The U.S. surgeon general says the country is ready to spring into action as soon as a coronavirus vaccine is approved for use — despite earlier failures in the federal government’s handling of the pandemic. Jerome Adams says he’s been in touch with production facilities and health departments across the country about what he calls “the most challenging vaccine distribution in history.” And while Adams says there is still work to do at the local level, especially in convincing disproportionately affected communities of color to trust the vaccine, “we are absolutely ready to start shipping out vaccines,” he tells NPR’s Mary Louise Kelly. Vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna have been submitted to the Federal Drug Administration for emergency use authorization, and approval is expected within

 

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