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Officials: US Troops Would Be Among First to Get a Working COVID-19 Vaccine



US Troops Would Be Among First to Get a Working COVID-19 Vaccine, Officials Say 

By Patricia Kime

U.S. service members would be among the first Americans to receive the vaccine against COVID-19 if one is proven to be safe and effective, senior administration officials told reporters Tuesday.

Speaking about the Trump administration's effort to develop, make and distribute a working vaccine against the deadly coronavirus by early next year, officials said those likely to receive it first include the most vulnerable, such as the elderly, those with underlying health conditions, workers in essential businesses and the U.S. military.

"Our role, as the federal government, is to ensure anyone who is vulnerable, cannot afford it and desire it can get it, those critical to infrastructure get it, essential workers get it, and those associated with national defense get it. That's our obligation," the official said, speaking on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak in an official capacity.

Read more: https://www.military.com/daily-news/2020/06/16/us-troops-would-be-among-first-get-working-covid-19-vaccine-officials-say.html