With the nation going through one in every of its deadliest months because the starting of pandemic, US leaders started receiving doses of the primary COVID-19 vaccine, whereas the nationwide rollout of the vaccine hit a couple of sudden snags.
This morning in Washington, DC, Vice President Mike Pence, Second Lady Karen Pence, and US Surgeon General Jerome Adams obtained their first shot of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine on live television.
“Karen and I were more than happy to step forward, before this week was out, to take this safe and effective coronavirus vaccine that we have secured and produced for the American people,” Pence instructed reporters after receiving the shot.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) have been additionally vaccinated at present on Capitol Hill. Congressional doctor Brian Monahan, MD, despatched a letter to lawmakers yesterday saying he had been knowledgeable by the National Security Council that preliminary doses of the vaccine can be accessible to all members of Congress, the manager department, and the Supreme Court, in keeping with the Wall Street Journal.
President-elect Joe Biden and incoming First Lady Jill Biden will obtain the vaccine on Monday, his transition group told reporters.
Some states getting fewer doses than anticipated
According to the Bloomberg News vaccine tracker, 24 states have reported administering 49,567 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, which began arriving at US hospitals and nursing properties earlier within the week. Healthcare employees and nursing house residents and workers are first in line to obtain the preliminary doses of the two-dose vaccine.
While the arrival of the vaccine has been broadly celebrated, and pictures of healthcare employees receiving their first shot broadcast throughout the nation, some points with vaccine distribution have begun to crop up. On Wednesday, the Washington Post reported, officers in a number of states seen that the second shipments of vaccine they’re set to obtain subsequent week have been drastically decrease than they have been anticipating. At least six states have been instructed they might be getting fewer doses.
Among these states is Illinois. Gov. JB Pritzker told reporters Tuesday that the state’s projected shipments of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for December have been reduce in half.
In a statement, Pfizer mentioned that it isn’t having any manufacturing points with the vaccine, and that no shipments are on maintain or delayed. “We have millions more doses sitting in our warehouse but, as of now, we have not received any shipment instructions for additional doses,” the corporate mentioned.
A report from McClatchy DC suggests the confusion over what number of doses states needs to be receiving might be linked to the web monitoring system that the Pentagon is utilizing to assist states maintain of vaccine cargo. The system, referred to as Tiberius, has been utilizing projected allocations to assist states with planning, however these allocations weren’t up to date with the correct numbers when the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine was granted an emergency use authorization (EUA) final week.
More vaccines look like coming quickly. The Food and Drug Administration is predicted to subject an EUA for Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine following a recommendation yesterday from the company’s panel of vaccine advisors. Once the EUA has been granted, 5.9 million doses of the vaccine will begin delivery out.
And yesterday, Johnson & Johnson announced that the part Three medical trial for the single-dose COVID-19 vaccine developed by Janssen is now totally enrolled, with roughly 45,000 individuals. Interim efficacy and security information from that trial is predicted by the top of January.
December surge continues
Despite the hopes raised by the arrival of COVID-19 vaccines, greater than half of the nation is apprehensive about what the following few months might carry. The Kaiser Family Foundation’s newest Health Tracking Poll reveals 51% of Americans suppose the worst is but to come back within the pandemic, whereas 68% say they’re apprehensive that they or somebody of their household will get sick from the coronavirus.
Those considerations replicate the severity of the pandemic within the United States. Yesterday, 233,271 new COVID-19 instances and three,270 virus-related deaths have been reported, in accordance data collected by Johns Hopkins. The nation presently stands at 17,370,311 confirmed COVID-19 instances and 312,524 deaths. The nation handed the 17-million-case mark solely 5 days after passing 16 million instances.
COVID-19 hospitalizations, in the meantime, proceed to climb to new single-day highs. The COVID Tracking Project reveals 114,237 COVID-19 sufferers in US hospitals.
In Los Angeles County, the nation’s largest county and one of many hardest hit areas of the nation in the intervening time, there are fewer than 100 intensive care unit (ICU) beds accessible, in keeping with the Los Angeles Times. Data from the state of California’s COVID-19 tracker reveals ICU availability is 3% throughout the state.
“This is the worst it’s been,” Los Angeles County + USC Medical Center Chief Medical Officer Brad Spellberg, MD, instructed Kaiser Health News. He warned that the scenario may worsen if individuals collect and journey over the Christmas and New Year holidays.
“Think New York in April. Think Italy in March,” Spellberg mentioned. “That’s how bad things could get.”