US reveals plan for rapid vaccine rollout after record rise in COVID-19

The U.S. monthly record of 58,740 deaths from COVID-19 was set in April.

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U.S. officials on Monday unveiled details of their plan to distribute COVID-19 vaccines to millions of Americans starting at the end of the month, as the United States again broke records for new coronovirus infections and hospitalizations .

With outgoing President Donald Trump’s strategy of relying heavily on the coronavirus vaccine, his administration’s chief advisor to Operation War Speed ​​said on Tuesday that 20 million people could be vaccinated by now by the end of 2020 and by mid-2021. Most Americans will have. Access to highly effective vaccines.

Former GlaxoSmithKline executive Moncef Slaoui told an event hosted by the Washington Post newspaper: “After approval, within 24 hours, maybe at most 36 to 48 hours, the vaccine can be in people’s arms. . ”

The virus infected 4.36 million more people in November, double the number of new cases last month, as many Americans refused to wear masks and went to the holiday season against recommendations health experts.

Sfoui said after the expected vaccine approval by Pfizer Inc. and Moderna Inc., between 60 and 70 million doses could be available per month starting in January.

A panel of external consultants from the Food and Drug Administration will meet on December 10 to discuss whether the FDA will allow emergency use of the Pfizer vaccine. He is expected to see Modern’s candidate again a week later.

The US Department of Transportation said on Tuesday it had prepared to allow “immediate massive shipments” of COVID-19 vaccines and had taken all necessary regulatory measures.

The US Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said there could be around 21 million frontline health workers for immunizations and 3 million residents in long-term care facilities.

A CDC advisory committee is due to make recommendations Tuesday for the votes for which Americans should get vaccinated first. The CDC will take the recommendation into consideration and provide guidance to states to assist governors in their decisions regarding vaccine delivery priorities.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo complained on Tuesday about the lack of federal funds for vaccine distribution. He also criticized a government-enforced data-sharing agreement, which called for “removing unspecified immigrants from vaccination.”

Cuomo expressed concern that data on recipients of the virus could be lost to U.S. immigration and customs services.

‘Treasure family model’

Meanwhile, prominent health officials are calling on Americans to follow their recommendations to help stop an epidemic that killed more than 37,000 people in the United States in November alone.

According to Reuters Tally, on Tuesday, a record of around 96,000 COVID-19 patients were in hospitals.

Authorities are worried about the strain on health systems and expected to be hospitalized and the death of millions of people after traveling on Thanksgiving last week and the Christmas holidays approaching.

According to a widely cited model from the University of Washington on Health Measurements and Assessment, COVID-19 deaths in the United States are expected to nearly double in December as an outbreak of over 70,000 and up. to 76,000 in January. . .

The U.S. monthly record of 58,740 deaths from COVID-19 was set in April.

Epidemics and restrictions mean stopping it, which has devastated the US economy.

A bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers on Tuesday unveiled the $ 908 billion COVID-19 relief bill intended to break the month-long deadlock between Democrats and Republicans over new emergency aid for small businesses, unemployed and industries.

According to the American Health Care Association and the National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA / NCAL), US nursing homes are experiencing the worst weekly outbreaks of coronoviruses since the spring, scoring more than 14,000 nursing homes and assisted living centers in the country. Represented.

New York is seeing a “sharp increase” in coronovirus cases, with hospitals reporting more than 1,100 COVID-19 patients – more than double the number from less than three weeks ago and the highest since early June East, the Health Commissioner Dr. Dave Chokde said. A press conference on Tuesday.

Chokshi said he was issuing a “commissioner’s notice” urging New Yorkers to stay as close as possible to stopping non-essential activities and tackling the city’s second wave of coronoviruses.

“This misfortune unfortunately follows a familiar pattern – cases escalate, hospitalization,” Chokshi said. “And, unfortunately, serious illness or death also has many consequences.”

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