Originally, each vial of Pfizer’s Kovid-19 vaccine was designed to contain five doses, but some pharmacists reported that they could extract six doses while using some syringes.
As a result, the FDA approved an updated label stating: “Low dead-volume syringes and / or needles may be used to extract six doses from one vial. If standard syringes and needles are used , Then there may not be enough. Remove the sixth dose from a vial. “
Pfizer CEO Albert Borla said that this increase per dose “provides an additional 20% capacity.” The New York Times first reported Pfizer’s plans to be based on dosage rather than vials.
However, CNN’s chief medical correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta said that the ability to take a sixth dose with these syringes on Friday is not present everywhere.
“He has many places,” Gupta told CNN’s John Burman, “but not everywhere.”
These changes highlight the push to vaccinate as many people as possible amidst inconsistent supply chains.
New cases are down, but things remain serious
“You’re going to see people traveling again, perhaps for spring break in March and April,” said Dr. Biden, a former member of the Kovid-19 advisory board of transition. Said Celine Gounder. “And that’s exactly what we expect when these variants – in particular, the UK variants – have taken hold in the US.”
• Cases: Johns Hopkins University reported more than 186,000 new cases on Friday. The US currently averages 180,816 new daily cases over seven days. This is the lowest since December 2, and 27% below the peak seen on January 11, when the average of new cases hit 249.168 during a week. But the current average is still 2.7 times higher than the summer high in July.
• Hospitalization: As of Friday, there were 116,264 Kovid-19 patients in US hospitals, a metric that falls day-to-day according to data from the COVID Tracking Project. This is the lowest since December 21, but it is still nearly double that summer.
‘It shouldn’t be a hunger game’
According to Michael Austerholm, director of the Center for Infectious Diseases Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, the lack of information and lack of financial support has left states struggling to manage a slow Kovid-19 vaccine rollout.
“I’m also eligible to get a vaccination in Minnesota and I can’t get one,” President Joe Biden’s former coronovirus consultant Osterholm told CNN’s Erin Burnett on Friday. “I want to share that frustration loudly and clearly.”
Utah Governor Spencer Cox told CNN’s Chris Cuomo that the state is well positioned for distribution, but that the vaccine allocation has been bottled at private pharmacies nationwide.
“Utah has long-term care facilities, they have too many vaccines. We estimate that they have 15 to 16,000 additional doses that they don’t need and they can’t use right now. So, we’re back to it. Taking and us. ” “Give it to our local health departments and it will be gone next week,” Cox said.
Disappointment over the delivery of vaccines and concerns over supply have erupted across the country.
Governor John Bel Edwards said on Friday that there is no vaccination site established in Louisiana because it does not have enough vaccines to manage a site.
New York State has administered 97% of its allotted first dose of the Kovid-19 vaccine, Gov. Andrew Andrew said on Friday, and hopes to pass out soon.
On Saturday, Cuomo spoke to a vaccine pop-up site in a public housing complex in Brooklyn, where he emphasized the importance of equal access to the vaccine for Black and Brown communities, which are prone to the epidemic.
“Wealthier, there was more Kovid testing in white communities,” he said. “When it comes to this vaccine, access across the board is appropriate.”
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer that he receives daily calls from people “desperately seeking vaccines,” adding “I’m not just seeing an abundance of vaccines.”
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health said Friday that currently only 1 in 4 eligible people is receiving adequate doses to be vaccinated.
Cox of Utah said competition between states at the onset of the epidemic, when the federal government forced states to shout for personal protective equipment such as supplies, should be avoided in the case of vaccines.
He said, “It shouldn’t be Hunger Games, as it was with PPE. It was ridiculous and we all had to play that game.” Cox said, “We’re all in this together. The governors are in this together. All we need is information from the federal government and the manufacturers.”
New administration, new reality
Biden’s coronovirus advisors have high hopes that the shortage can be avoided, Dr. Vivek Murthy, who is nominated for Surgeon General, called the mayors a webcast on Friday.
“We are confident of getting more supplies from our interactions with companies, and this will continue to grow over the next few months,” said Murthy.
Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Drs. Anthony Fauci said he expected to receive positive news about Johnson & Johnson’s single dose coronavirus vaccine in the next few weeks.
“I don’t want to go beyond them, but I have to tell you that I would be surprised that it was more than two weeks from now that the data would be analyzed, and decisions would be made,” Fauci said on MSNBC.
According to the CDC, at least 195 cases of the variant have been identified in 22 states. The number does not represent the total number of cases in the US, the agency said, but only those that have been found through analysis.
“It hasn’t dominated,” Fauci said. “It can be. That’s why you have to watch it carefully as we go from January to February, and take a really good look.”
Fauci agreed with the health recommendations. “It’s the kind of thing that prevents serges … the type of virus.”
The report contributed to CNN’s Maggie Fox, Madeline Holcombe, Lauren Mascarenhas, Raja Rezek, Chuck Johnson, Holly Silverman, Amanda Watts, Nick Neville, Andrea Diaz, Naomi Thomas, Michael Nedelman, and Alta Spulse.