A top U.S. health official told a U.S. Senate committee that he expects Covid-19 vaccinations to take place over many months and that most Americans could be vaccinated by July 2021 at the latest.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) set an Oct. 16 deadline for states to submit plans for distributing Covid-19 vaccines – even before it becomes clear when any will be available – according to a presentation to a panel of experts who make recommendations on U.S. vaccines.

The death toll from the spread of the coronavirus in the United States exceeded 200,000, by the far the highest number of any nation.

A Covid-19 vaccine could be broadly rolled out in the United States by the middle of 2021 or a little later, the head of the federal government’s disease control agency said.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) asked state public health officials to prepare to distribute a potential coronavirus vaccine to high-risk groups as soon as late October, documents published by the agency showed.

Several large U.S. states are not heeding new federal health officials’ calls to reduce Covid-19 testing of some exposed to the virus, joining a broad rebuke of the Trump administration by public health leaders.

Enrollment in the 30,000-volunteer U.S. trial testing a Covid-19 vaccine from Pfizer and German partner BioNTech is more than 50 percent complete, according to a top Pfizer vaccine research and development scientist.

Finch Therapeutics reported positive topline results from PRISM3, a Phase II trial of CP101, an oral microbiome drug for the prevention of recurrent C. difficile infection.

Biotech and pharmaceutical companies and health care institutions are on the front lines of not only fighting COVID-19, but working to develop vaccines and therapies against the respiratory illness – often in unexpected ways.

iSpecimen will supply the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) with serum samples from subjects who have previously tested positive for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.