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15 December 2020 20:38

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The United States has hit a record number of hospitalizations with more than 110,000 people being treated for COVID-19 on the same day that the vaccine was administered to the first Americans and the death toll surpassed the grim 300,000 mark. More than 17,000 Americans died of COVID-19 last week alone, marking the deadliest week since the pandemic began and a 12 percent increase in deaths compared to the previous seven days, according to a Reuters tally of state and county reports. The Midwestern states of North Dakota, South Dakota and Iowa currently have the highest number of deaths per 100,000 people based on a seven-day average. The FDA said its preliminary analysis confirmed the effectiveness and safety of the vaccine developed by Moderna and the National Institutes of Health, bringing it to the cusp of authorization. The intensive care nurse in New York City who was the first to receive the vaccine yesterday immediately put on a sticker that read: 'Crushing COVID-19, got my vaccine'.

Sandra Lindsay, the intensive care nurse in New York City who was the first to receive the vaccine yesterday, immediately put on a sticker that read: 'Crushing COVID-19, got my vaccine' Advertisement That nurse, Sandra Lindsay, got vaccinated at the Long Island Jewish Medical Center in Queens yesterday during a livestream with New York Gov Andrew Cuomo. General Gustave Perna, who is in charge of the federal government's Operation Warp Speed, said vaccinations will start in nursing homes this week. Moderna vaccine gets initial nod from panel of FDA scientists who say it protects against COVID-19 raising hopes a second US jab will get approved THIS WEEK as hospitals scramble to rollout Pfizer's shot Moderna's coronavirus vaccine has a good review from the FDA so far, according to documents published by agency scientists on Tuesday, bringing the U.S. a step closer to having enough doses of various shots to protect the most vulnerable Americans. Operation Wap Speed aims to vaccinate 20 million Americans by the end of this month - but that goal won't be possible without the immediate approval of Moderna's shot. Hundreds more U.S. hospitals are set to begin vaccinating their workers Tuesday as federal regulators issued a positive review of a second COVID-19 vaccine shot needed to boost the nation's largest vaccination campaign.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said in documents posted online that its initial review confirmed the effectiveness and safety of the vaccine developed by Moderna and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), bringing the shot to the cusp of U.S. authorization. The positive news comes as hospitals across the U.S. begin ramping up vaccinations with the shot developed by Pfizer and BioNTech's, which the FDA cleared last week. Packed in dry ice to stay at ultra-frozen temperatures, shipments of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine are set to arrive at 400 additional hospitals and other distribution sites on Tuesday, one day after the nation's death toll surpassed a staggering 300,000. Vaccinations were also expected to kick off Tuesday in New Jersey, which is dividing some 76,000 doses among health workers and nursing home residents. Everything you need to know about the newly-approved shot and when you can get it The US has finally approved its first coronavirus vaccine and began dosing some of the most at-risk people, including health care workers, on Monday.

Health care workers are among the first to get vaccinated against COVID-19 in the US - but younger, healthy people who don't work on the front lines could be waiting months WHAT VACCINES ARE AVAILABLE NOW AND CAN I GET ONE? By Monday morning, just after 9am ET, the first American to ever get a COVID-19 jab outside a clinical trial, an ICU nurse named Sandra Lindsay, was vaccinated in New York. But they will probably run out in the coming weeks, governors told Operation Warp Speed, so only select groups of people are eligible to get the shot in this first wave or vaccinations, dubbed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) phase 1A. On December 1, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) voted on who should be the top priority groups for vaccination in the U.S. The group of experts decided that it is most important to vaccinate health care workers and residents of nursing homes or other long-term care facilities where at-risk people tend to live in very densely packed conditions. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said Monday he expects the U.S. could well have 100 million doses of coronavirus vaccine by the end of February.

Besser spoke out a day after front line workers became the first in the United States to receive the long-awaited first doses of the new Covid-19 vaccine – and after the U.S. eclipsed more than 300,000 deaths due to Covid-19 since the start of the pandemic. Asked what would happen if people are not careful enough, Sir Mark said: "I think the consequences are obvious – an increase in numbers and the need for a more prolonged social distancing, and Tier 3 measures in parts of the country after Christmas." "We're going to have enough for 20 million people to get vaccinated by the end of December," Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said.