Now that the Food and Drug Administration has authorized the Modern’s vaccine, CDC advisors must now vote to recommend it, and the CDC must acknowledge that the vaccination is recommended before commencement. The advisory group is scheduled to meet on Saturday morning.
As the second green light, hundreds of Americans across the country have already received the first dose of the Pfizer and BioNotech vaccines, which the FDA authorized last week.
“It’s the beginning of the end,” Adams told CNN on Friday night. “Make no mistake about it, it’s going to be a hard time for a couple of weeks. We still have work to do to get this boom, but I want people to be encouraged.”
He said that he chose to get the vaccine on TV because he wanted the American public to “pay attention to the data, I’ve worked with companies and I felt it was safe to get the vaccine.”
“In fact, this is a life and death message for black people about coronoviruses,” Dr. Said Valerie Montgomery Rice.
A pandemic that is far away
Despite the promising news, this is not the very end. In many parts of the US, Kovid-19 still prevails among communities.
- More than 18,000 Americans died in Kovid-19 last week. Projects of more than 237,000 Americans at the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation will die from Kovid-19 in the next three months.
- For the 13th consecutive day, the country beat its own hospitalization record. Now there are more than 114,700 Kovid-19 patients across America COVID Tracking Project.
- For the past week, the US reported an average of more than 219,000 new Kovid-19 infections every day. On Friday, the country broke a record, reporting more than 249,700 new infections.
- Three health care workers in Alaska were allergic this week after receiving a dose of Pfizer and BioNtech vaccines. The FDA has stated that there is a “remote chance” the vaccine may cause a severe allergic reaction. Because so many people are taking the vaccine at once, the public can feel these severe reactions because they are actually far more common.
Johns Hopkins Launches Vaccine Tracker
The Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center has now launched a new vaccine tracking tool that provides “daily updates and a nationwide perspective on the progress of the COVID-19 vaccination rollout” in the US.
The tool currently captures data from 10 states that have begun publicly reporting the number of vaccines, including Connecticut, Idaho, Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio, South Dakota, Texas, Utah and West Virginia.
“I want to warn everyone that some hiccups are coming because it’s all very new,” said Beth Blauer, executive director of Johns Hopkins University Centers for Civic Impact. “The data is getting out there faster than we’ve ever seen from any government-produced data, and so we have to give a little favor to the states that are doing that reporting.”
Massachusetts health officials said it was unclear why the dose numbers had changed.
“The Department of Public Health now expects … more than 145,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine by the end of December – down from 180,000, a drop of nearly 20%,” said Health and Human Services Maryloe Suders.
“At this time, it is unclear to us why the shipment volume has been adjusted,” he said. “We are certainly disappointed that we will not receive the amount we expected in the first wave and are working to get clarity on it,” the governor said.
Different states, different measures
As state and federal officials prepare for more vaccine shipments, different Kovid-19 trends are reported in different parts of the country.
In New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said hospitals are in “crisis management” mode and capacity has been added to facilities across the state.
“I believe hospitals are going to be able to manage it,” he said. “We’ve learned a lot in the spring.”
“LA County is moving towards becoming epicenter of epidemic,” Dr. Brad Spellberg, chief medical officer at LAC + USC Medical Center, warned on Friday.
“We’re being crushed,” Spielberg added about the county’s hospitals. “I’m not going to sugarcane it. We’re being crushed.”
The governor said in-class classes could resume at high schools and indoor venues, such as movie theaters, could reopen with capacity limits and other safety precautions. Outdoor group fitness activities and outdoor noncontact sports may also resume.
CNN’s Ben Tinker, Amanda Watts, Holly Silverman, Deidre McPhillips, Jane Christenson and Armaan Azad contributed to this report.