The pandemic is now killing 3,000 Americana per day as per the latest statistics. U.S health officials on Friday prepared for the most awaited vaccination campaign as the health regulators rapidly advanced towards approving the first covid-19 vaccine to slow down the pandemic. The United States has reported about 15.6 million cases and 292,642 deaths as of Thursday.
The U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) was on a cusp of approving the emergency use of the coronavirus vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNtech. But another 2,902 deaths were reported as on Thursday just a day after a record 3,253 people died the previous day. The rapid rollout of vaccination could start as soon as Monday according to the officials.
Britain, Bahrain and Canada have already approved the Pfizer vaccine, and the U.S. advisory panel is due to review a second vaccine, from Moderna Inc, next week.Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said on Friday.“We will work with Pfizer to get that shipped out so we could be seeing people getting vaccinated Monday or Tuesday,”
New York City prepared
After Britain started its first shot and now inoculating millions of its people on last Tuesday,New York City will open a “Vaccine Command Center” across the street from City Hall on Monday to synchronise distribution throughout the city. 27 worst-hit neighbourhoods which are largely populated by ethnic minorities will get priority attention according to Mayor Bill de Biasio. New York state expects to receive 346,000 doses of Moderna vaccine by December 21st. Pfizer doses are already coming this weekend as per the Governor Andrew Cuomo.
A hospital in Indiana is one of the first appointed to administer the vaccine and it was to rehearse its vaccination procedures on Friday with the pharmacists, nurses, and doctors. The Indiana University will practice storing, transporting and giving the vaccine shot to patients. Kristen Kelley, the director of infection prevention at Indiana University said, “We want to make sure that we are perfectly ready and open with a bang”.
But any American who wants a vaccine should be able to get one by May or June 2021, Assistant U.S. Health Secretary Brett Giroir told on Friday.States will determine who gets the vaccine first and were likely to focus on healthcare workers and people in long-term care facilities, followed by the elderly, people with chronic conditions and first responders, Giroir said.