Vaccinations will likely begin Monday in all 50 states. Healthcare workers and residents of nursing homes are the first to receive the vaccine, developed by Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech.
Pfizer CEO Albert Burla said Monday that he will be among those who get a vaccine. “People will be much more secure in the vaccine if the CEO gets vaccinated,” he said on Monday on CNN.
Despite the positive news on the vaccination front, the United States continues to grapple with overcrowded hospitals and record-breaking daily cases as the nation approaches another sad milestone, 300,000 deaths, more than any other country.
📈 Today’s numbers: The United States reported over 16.2 1 million cases and 29,9192 deaths, According to data from Johns Hopkins University. Global totals: 72.1 million cases and 1.61 million deaths.
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Pfizer CEO Albert Burla said Monday that he, like many others, was planning to get his company a groundbreaking vaccine. “People will have more faith in the vaccine if the CEO gets vaccinated,” said Sanjay Gupta of CNN.
By the end of the year, the company will have manufactured 50 million doses, half of which will go to US sites with the remaining doses distributed worldwide. He said that by the end of the first quarter of 2021, 100 million doses will be distributed across the country. He said the federal government had already requested an additional 100 million doses.
“This year, we will have about 50 million doses available. Most of them are already manufactured, so they already exist. Next year, we will be taking 1.3 billion doses,” Burla said, but noted that not all of these vaccines were destined for the United States. “We are working hard to increase this number because we realize the demand is very high.”
President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence He will be among the top officials who have offered coronavirus vaccines next week to 10 days to protect against an outbreak that could cripple government jobs, officials said Sunday.
However, Trump said in a tweet Sunday night that White House workers should be vaccinated later in the program “unless specifically necessary.” He indicated that he was not “scheduled” to receive the vaccine, but indicated that he would be vaccinated at some point. The president was diagnosed with the virus and recovered from it in October.
The shots will be presented to officials in all three branches of government, including leaders in the White House, Congress and the Supreme Court. White House employees working near Trump are also expected to receive early vaccinations. The White House has been the site of several outbreaks during the pandemic, and Trump, his chief of staff, and several of his aides are among the infected.
Hospitals and medical centers spent Sunday preparing their first COVID-19 vaccine arriving Monday morning, a huge pledge that began when a convoy pulled out of the semi-finals guarded by unmarked police cars from the Pfizer manufacturing plant in Portage, Michigan, just after dawn.
Onlookers applauded and cheered as the tractors carrying 189 boxes of vaccine slowly started. The doses in those cartons will be injected into the arms of healthcare workers in all 50 states starting Monday morning.
Runs, desktop exercises, hours and hours of Zoom calls are essential because dealing with The Pfizer vaccine needs a lot of training and regulation.
– Elizabeth’s method
With zero percent of remaining hospital capacity, Providence St. Mary’s Medical Center Officials are now pleading with local residents to follow the coronavirus protocol.
The situation at a California hospital is not unique. Across the country, health centers are reaching breaking points, overwhelmed with coronavirus patients and out of resources, including staff. But Providence Saint Mary’s managers and front-line healthcare workers are asking for citizen support to help slow the spread domestically.
“In the past three or four weeks, we have studied a case of what happens when people are not diverging from society, when people do not wear masks,” said Brian Kawasaki, a hospital spokesperson. “We hope that people will learn and help take the pressure off hospital systems in the upper desert.”
Martin Estacio and Matthew Cap, Victorville Daily Press
Some of Florida’s best hospitals, Including those who are expected to soon receive their first shipments of vaccines to prevent COVID-19, it will not require medical and support staff to get vaccinations even though they need vaccinations against the less deadly influenza virus.
Five Florida hospitals are set to have the initial distribution of 100,000 doses of the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine between Monday and next Sunday, according to state director of emergency management Jared Moskowitz. These hospitals are located in Tampa, Orlando, Jacksonville, Miami, and Hollywood.
The state’s Vaccine Distribution Plan calls for health care workers, other “essential employees”, seniors and those with health problems that put them at risk of complications from COVID-19 to get the vaccine first. Florida hospitals that get the first doses will require that their staff be immunized.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said Thursday that the federal government will supply the state with 179,400 doses of the vaccine developed by Pfizer and its partner BioNTech.
Frank Gluck, Fort Myers News Press
Contribution: Associated Press