December 14th – Comprehensive report: On the 13th, Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), issued a statement saying that the license for Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine has been officially signed to allow vaccination work to be advanced in the United States, and the distribution of the vaccine began.
Sources also revealed that from the 14th, vaccines will be provided to senior officials, including US President Trump.
The national vaccine distribution mission is launched.
It is estimated that 100 million people will be vaccinated by the end of March 2021.
On the evening of the 11th local time, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted emergency authorization for the emergency use of the coronavirus vaccine jointly developed by Pfizer and the German Biotechnology Company.
This is the first coronavirus vaccine approved for emergency use in the United States. A day later, the CDC advisory team also voted to recommend the vaccine for people aged 16 and above.
On the 13th, after Redfield said that he had officially signed the vaccine license, the first batch of coronavirus vaccines from Pfizer’s plant in Portage, Michigan, began to be shipped in the early morning of the same day.
About 184,275 small bottles of vaccines were loaded in about 190 boxes and then loaded into trucks. The national distribution of the vaccine officially began.
Sloe, the chief adviser of the U.S. government’s coronavirus vaccine research and development program Operation Warp Speed, said on the 13th that the United States expects to vaccinate 100 million people by the end of March 2021.
He also pointed out that the United States hopes to distribute about 40 million doses of vaccine by the end of December. It also includes the vaccine of Moderna.
It is reported that the coronavirus vaccine of Modner, another pharmaceutical company in the United States, will be discussed by an FDA expert group on the 17th, and is expected to become the second coronavirus vaccine approved for use in the United States.
Who will give priority to vaccination?
Trump and other officials can be vaccinated from today.
It is reported that the first round of coronavirus vaccination in the United States will start as early as 14th local time, but most people are not expected to be injected until spring and summer 2021.
Four people were vaccinated and facial paralysis
And who can get the vaccine first is up to the federal government to authorize the states to decide, which raises concerns about arrangements.
Recently, the CDC suggested that consideration should be given to considering high-risk medical staff, long-term residents of nursing homes and nursing staff as the first batch of vaccination targets for the novel coronavirus vaccine.
But Kentucky, Mississippi, New York and other states have directly delegated vaccine distribution rights to hospitals on the grounds that hospitals have the ability to distinguish who should be vaccinated.
Some people said that this was reasonable because the first batch of vaccines was small and the time was short.
However, some critics believe that leaving it to hospitals for their own disposal will disrupt unified arrangements at the state level and undermine the principle of transparency and fairness in vaccine distribution.
Toner, a researcher at the Johns Hopkins University Center for Health and Safety Research, said that “whether it is the current situation or the future arrangement, it can be a mess.”
On the other hand, a person familiar with the matter revealed on the 13th that approved Pfizer coronavirus vaccine will be provided to US President Trump and Vice President Pence, as well as other senior U.S. officials from the 14th.
Essential White House staff and select officials from the three branches of the federal government will be vaccinated within the next 10 days.
Only half of the American people are willing to be vaccinated.
According to a recent report released by the FDA, four volunteers developed facial paralysis in clinical trials of the novel coronavirus vaccine, and authorities estimate that facial nerve inflammation caused by viral infection.
The FDA said that the four people showed symptoms between 3 days and 48 days, and all returned to normal within three weeks, indicating that the symptoms were only temporary and “just” and “random” appeared in the vaccine group.
Relevant people pointed out that the exact cause of the onset of symptoms has yet to be investigated, and it is impossible to confirm whether it is related to the vaccine at this stage.
The FDA previously said that the vast majority of Americans can be injected, and only people with a history of severe allergy are not recommended. The population is expected to account for only 1.6% of the population.
Although, FDA-approved clinical trial data show that the vaccine is effective at 95% in preventing COVID-19 infection.
But as states prepare to start the first round of coronavirus vaccines, only about half of the American population want to get the vaccine, while a quarter are not sure they will be vaccinated, and a quarter of them are clear they will not be vaccinated, a poll shows.
Slauy said public doubts about the efficacy or safety of the vaccine “did not be based on any facts or data,” and stressed that there was no cutting corners in the process for rapid approval of the vaccine.