Ryan W. Miller
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COVID-19: US death toll reaches 300,000
Coronovirus vaccine may not be widely available for several months in 2021.
USA TODAY is tracking news around COVID-19 as vaccines are starting nationwide. An additional 400 hospitals were expected to receive the vaccine on Tuesday, but nursing homes are not scheduled to be vaccinated until next week. Meanwhile, the vaccine maker Modern is poised to win authorization for its COVID-19 vaccine. Sadly, since the onset of the epidemic, the US has now lost 300,000 people to coronovirus. Keep this page fresh for the latest updates On vaccine distribution, which includes getting shots and where, as well as other important headlines from USA Today Network. Sign up for our coronavirus virus newsletter For updates directly to your inbox.
There may be two coronavirus vaccines in the United States by the end of the week as data released on Tuesday by the Food and Drug Administration confirmed that Modern’s COVID-19 vaccine appeared safe and highly effective.
In their study of over 30,000 volunteers, the vaccine was shown to be 94% effective overall, with no major differences by age, race, sex, previous infection with COVID-19 or other medical problems. Modern’s vaccine will only be given to adults because the company has not submitted enough data to include it in its authorization request to the FDA. This means that it will not be given to 16- and 17-year-olds, unlike the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.
Prior to authorization, an independent advisory committee for the FDA will review the data in an all-day meeting on Thursday. If it decides that the vaccine benefits mitigate its risks, the vaccine is expected to be authorized by the FDA commissioner later in the week.
An independent advisory committee for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will review the data on Friday and vote on Saturday on whether to add the vaccine to the nation’s vaccine schedule for adults. Then, with Pfizer-BioNotech’s vaccine, it will begin to be distributed nationwide, likely on Monday.
– Karen Wintrab and Adriana Rodriguez
A nurse at University Hospital in Newark, New Jersey, was the first health care worker in the state to be given the first dose of the Pfizer / Bioentech vaccine, which was not low, on her 56th birthday.
“This is the best birthday ever,” Maritza Beníquez said.
Benix was vaccinated at 8:10 am about 286 days after the first New Jersey patient diagnosed with the coronavirus virus disease, and nearly a year later reported an unknown disease from central China.
After the shot was given, Banciz said, “Thank God!” He smiled and made a fist with his right arm, then shook his hands as if in prayer.
– Lindy Washburn and Ashley Balaserczak, The Bergen Record
US Territory Puerto Rico began vaccinating health care workers on Tuesday when a respiratory therapist who treated the first two COVID-19 patients hospitalized on the island received the first shot.
Yahira Alicia urged everyone to vaccinate, saying, “This is what we want, to end this epidemic.”
In March, Alicia treated an Italian couple who had become ill with the virus and were visiting Puerto Rico on a cruise. The woman later died, and Alicia said that it was a scary moment for her that weakened her physically and emotionally.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, most nursing homes in the United States will not begin vaccinating employees and residents against COVID-19, and some will not begin until December 28.
Monday’s rollout of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine caused nationwide confusion as it became apparent long-term care facilities and nursing homes were not participating in the initial vaccination, despite CDC’s decision last week to include residents in the first phase of delivery .
This is because the majority of long-term care facilities have opted to participate in a federal program that uses pharmacy chains, including CVS, Walgren and others, to facilitate immunization for both staff and residents.
The Federal Pharmacy Partnership for Long-Term Care Program will launch on December 21 for areas that have opted to use the Pfizer-Bayonetec vaccine. CDC spokesman Kristen Noordlund said that more than 1,100 vaccination clinics with long-term care facilities around the country were scheduled to take place on the same day.
– Elizabeth Wise and Tom Mooney
California’s first health care workers received the COVID-19 vaccine on Monday at Gov. Gavin Newsome Announced on twitter The country’s most populous state will receive an additional 393,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine next week.
The state received 33,000 doses on Monday. ICU nurse Helen Cordova Kaiser Permanente was the first health care worker to receive the vaccine at Los Angeles Medical Center. “Protect me,” he said as a coworker gave him the vaccine.
West Virginia Village. Jim Justice became one of the first top elected officials in the country to receive a coronovirus shot Monday night, saying it was “as safe as it could be.”
He and assistants received injections even though the state’s rollout is to prioritize delivering highly demanding doses for health care workers and people in long-term care centers. Justice has stated that West Virginia is not expected to receive sufficient doses in a few weeks of rollover to fully cover the initial 100,000 people who work in health care, live or long-term care centers, or First responders and public health officers.
Wearing a mask, he received a jab in his right hand from a State Pharmacy Board official and immediately received an adhesive bandage – and a sticker. Marty Wright, head of the West Virginia Health Care Association, said he praised the governor’s move.
It is a health care worker first, and then a phased roll in other parts of the population. States across the US reported on Monday that their first ships were arriving. The Texas State Department of Health Services said 19,500 doses of the vaccine went to four sites in Houston, Dallas, San Antonio and Austin. Iowa, Nevada and South Dakota also confirmed receipt of the shipment on Monday. Here are other places where the vaccine has been given:
- The first six Ohio were injected with the Pfizer-Bayonet TechVid-19 vaccine on Monday after the festival countdown at Wexner Medical Center at Ohio State University.
- A doctor in Kentucky said he “volunteered to go first: showing the vaccine is safe, effective. Dr. Jason Smith, chief medical officer at the University of Louisville Health, became the first person to vaccinate in Kentucky.”
- A nurse at Florida’s Tampa General Hospital was the first person in the state to receive the vaccine on Monday.
- Louisiana began its vaccination on Monday in New Orleans. Dr. Leo Seong said to be the first to achieve this, it was particularly meaningful because a Cuban-American adversely affected African-Americans and Latino.
- Tennessee officials say the first shipment of the COVID-19 vaccine won’t arrive in hospitals until Thursday, expected to be vaccinated a few days later, as Tennessee lags behind other states.
- In Wisconsin, UW Health said its first dose was in an ultra-cold storage freezer and would be given to employees Monday afternoon.
- Colorado received its first dose on Monday morning, as a FedEx driver delivered 975 vials, Gov. Jared Polis signed for the package.
- Minnesota Government. Tim Walz was also present to deliver the first vaccines of his kingdom.
- Florida Government. Ron DeSantis said he had the “privilege” of signing for the FedEx package of his state’s first 20,000 Pfizer supplements.
- Hospitals in Maine and Massachusetts said they had received their vaccines as well.
Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar and Surgeon General Jerome Adams went to George Washington University Hospital in Washington DC on Monday to give doctors and nurses the first shot of the vaccine.
Azar said outside the hospital, “Heroine frontline health care workers have this protection, for 11 months of the epidemic in this world and seeing doctors and nurses.”
Azar stressed the importance of providing vaccines to vulnerable populations and highlighted independent investigations showing the vaccine to be safe and effective.
“The process has integrity based on science, evidence and law,” Azar said.
– Ken Altuker
Shocking numbers on Tuesday in the form of vaccine delivery bring hope
Even when the US was reporting its 300,000th COVID-19 death, the country continued to record. The United States is now reporting more than 1.5 million cases each week, according to a USA Today analysis of coronavirus data from Johns Hopkins University at a rate of about 150 million each week.
Even New York State, America’s initial epicenter, is now reporting at a faster rate than coronovirus cases. The test is not yet available, as it was in the spring, so New York is not nearly a challenge right now, but it’s a bad sign. And similar bad signs abound: every state except Florida and Hawaii reported more cases in a week of November or December than at any time in the epidemic.
A record number of hospitalizations were recorded in some cases of falling surges, which have now become record numbers of deaths. The 7-day period for coronaviruses was the week ending on Sunday, followed by the week ending Monday, Saturday, Friday, Wednesday, Thursday, and April 24.
Although December is not even half done, most US states have recorded the week ending in December as the worst week of coronovirus deaths, a USA Today analysis shows.
– Mike Stuca
More vaccines coming soon, says Operation Tana Gati
Operation War Speed officials soon asked Modern for a highly unlikely FDA authorization for a second COVID-19 vaccine, though HHS Secretary Alex Azar reiterated at Monday’s briefing that it only “met the FDA’s stricter standards Will be “authorized”.
Operation War Speed’s science advisor, Monsup Salai, said that “this week, possibly on Tuesday, a packet of technical information about the modern COVID-19 vaccine will be made public.”
The information will be reviewed on Thursday by the Food and Drug Administration’s External Advisory Committee, Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee, or VRBPAC. Soloui stated that the modern vaccine showed approximately 95% efficacy against disease and 100% efficacy against critical illness. They also stated that there are two other COVID-19 vaccines in phase 3 clinical trials.
Azar said the US already had the vaccines purchased to meet the goal of vaccinating every American by the end of the second quarter of 2021.
– Elizabeth Wise
Mink is the first wild animal to test positive for COVID-19 in Utah
The US Department of Agriculture confirmed on Monday that mink became the first wild animal in the US to test positive for COVID-19.
“To the best of our knowledge, this is the first free, native wild animal with SARS-COV-2,” the agency said in a statement.
The USDA said the animal was part of wildlife surveillance for viruses at infected mink farms in Utah, Michigan and Wisconsin between August 24 and October 30.
The agency said there is no evidence that the virus has spread to wild populations around infected mink farms. Several other species were tested and all results came negative. The agency said it notified the World Animal Health Organization of a positive case.
Contribution: Associated Press