15 December 2020 20:38
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.
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.