How much harder does the delta variant make reaching herd immunity? Might the delta surge just peter out soon? Is this pandemic ever going to end? Probably not. Now, viruses surprise us. But if I were a betting person, I would bet a lot of money no. There are always going to be people who are susceptible to this virus. Newborn babies, for instance: If their mom has been vaccinated, they get antibodies for a little bit of time, but they lose those antibodies. And infants and children may be susceptible, depending on when we can vaccinate.
Acceptable, I have several announcements for your today. The President is encouraged as a result of positive data on a potential additional vaccine. He also knows that this is just new data, and at once is the time for the FDA to do its job of evaluating the safety and efficacy of the vaccine. They will discuss this add with you and what everything agency then. That work has continued after that accelerated. Yesterday, senior staff spoke all over again to governors about the challenges they are facing and the importance of relief. The Office of Public Appointment will also brief black civic groups, anti-hunger and nutrition advocates, and answer progressive groups and invite their advice.
Be grateful you, everybody, for -- for body here and thank you for those who are on the phone this morning. As we promised about two weeks ago, that we would be giving you regular updates on our COVID response and -- and vaccine distribution plans, that's what we're at this juncture to do today. As many of you know, the Department of Defense has long been planning a phased, standardized, and coordinated strategy for prioritizing, distributing and administering COVID vaccines en route for protect our people, maintain readiness, after that support the national COVID response. We're going to cover five specific pieces of information that are of consequence to the force and the broadcast -- the size of the early DOD allocation, the prioritization schema designed for the populations who receive the vaccine first, our priority plan phases designed for the distribution, the locations of the initial vaccine distributions and the all-purpose allocations, and the timeline for early distribution and next phases of the distribution and vaccinations. We have a lot of information to share.
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