The United States plans to distribute 6.4 million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine within the first week after it’s cleared for emergency use, which is probably going subsequent month, officers mentioned Tuesday.
A committee of the Food and Drug Administration meets on December 10 to determine whether or not to inexperienced mild the drugs, with the US confronted by hovering numbers of deaths and new circumstances.
Latest figures on Tuesday confirmed that the nation had recorded a complete of 259,600 Covid deaths and 12.5 million circumstances — with over 2,000 deaths and 167,000 new circumstances in simply the final 24 hours.
General Gustave Perna, chief operations officer for the federal government’s Operation Warp Speed, advised reporters some 40 million doses of vaccine can be accessible by the tip of December.
That determine contains one other vaccine developed by Moderna and the National Institutes for Health, which introduced some preliminary efficacy outcomes final week and can also be near making use of for emergency approval.
The Pfizer vaccine has ultra-cold long-term storage necessities of -70 levels Celsius, and the corporate has developed particular containers with dry ice to maintain it cool for as much as 15 days.
Perna mentioned that 64 jurisdictions throughout the US — together with the 50 states, territories just like the capital Washington and Puerto Rico and Indian reservations — acquired their allocation numbers on Friday.
The quantity they obtain can be proportionate to their inhabitants measurement.
The federal authorities will concern suggestions for who needs to be prioritized — possible the aged, high-risk, and frontline employees — however native authorities will make the ultimate determination for themselves.
Vaccinations will start in retirement properties inside 48 hours of the emergency approval, well being secretary Alex Azar mentioned. The authorities has partnered with CVS Health for the retirement dwelling program.
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