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COVID-19 shots could reach first Americans by mid-December, top health official says

CoronavirusNov 22, 2020 07:26PM ET
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By Doina Chiacu

(Reuters) - U.S. healthcare workers and others recommended for the nation's first COVID-19 inoculations could start getting shots within a day or two of regulatory consent next month, a top official of the government's vaccine development effort said on Sunday.

Some 70% of the U.S. population of 330 million would need to be inoculated to achieve "herd" immunity from the virus, a goal the country could achieve by May, according to Dr. Moncef Slaoui, chief scientific adviser for "Operation Warp Speed."

Slaoui said the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) would likely grant approval in mid-December for distribution of the vaccine produced by Pfizer Inc (NYSE:PFE) and German partner BioNTech, launching the largest inoculation campaign in U.S. history.

The FDA's outside advisers are slated to meet on Dec. 10 to review Pfizer's emergency-use application for its vaccine, which the company said was found to be 95% effective against infection from the highly contagious respiratory virus.

A second pharmaceutical company, Moderna (NASDAQ:MRNA) Inc, is expected to seek separate approval later in December for its COVID-19 vaccine.

Appearing on several network news shows on Sunday morning, Slaoui sketched out a timeline for getting the initial doses of the Pfizer vaccine from FDA authorization into the arms of those who will be first in line to receive it.

"Within 24 hours from the approval, the vaccine will be moving and located in the areas where each state will have told us where they want the vaccine doses," Slaoui told NBC's "Meet the Press."

"So I would expect, maybe on day two after approval on the 11th or 12th of December, hopefully the first people will be immunized across the United States," he said on CNN's "State of the Union" program.

Once emergency-use approval is granted, Slaoui said, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and an advisory panel on immunization practices will recommend who should receive the vaccine first.

Slaoui said they are likely to include doctors, nurses and "front-line" emergency medical personnel, as well as individuals considered to be at the highest risk of severe illness and death from the virus, such as the elderly.

Public health authorities in each state will be responsible for administering the vaccine roll-out, with the first doses distributed to the states proportionate to their populations, he said.

President-elect Joe Biden and his advisers have voiced concern that President Donald Trump's continued refusal to share vaccine data and distribution plans with Biden's transition team could cause delays after the next administration takes office on Jan. 20.

Slaoui said he hoped for a smooth hand-off and did not expect the vaccination effort to be derailed.

Graphic: Where coronavirus cases are rising and falling in the United States - https://graphics.reuters.com/HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/USA-TRENDS/dgkvlgkrkpb/index.html

SURGING CASES AND SUPER-SPREADERS

Details on the timeline emerged as coronavirus infections continued to rage out of control across the country, further straining hospitals besieged with growing numbers of COVID-19 patients.

Public health experts worried that the surge will only worsen, as millions of Americans prepared to travel and congregate in family groups for Thanksgiving celebrations, despite warnings that they stay home to avoid spreading the disease.

Many people were scrambling to get tested before Thursday's holiday, leading to long lines at screening sites in New York City and elsewhere. Most pharmacies offering COVID-19 tests in suburban Chicago were fully booked.

"I believe COVID rates will increase just as I believe most New Yorkers will put on weight," New York Governor Andrew Cuomo lamented at a Sunday press conference.

Cuomo also said the city was investigating reports of an ultra-Orthodox Jewish wedding that drew some 7,000 people to a reception in Brooklyn, video footage of which showed throngs of maskless guests celebrating shoulder to shoulder.

The United States surpassed 12 million COVID-19 cases on Saturday, as the nation's death toll climbed to more than 255,000 since the pandemic began.

Reuters data showed the pace of new infections quickening, with nearly 1 million more cases documented over the past six days, compared with the eight days it took to get from 10 million to 11 million cases.

The epicenter of the U.S. pandemic has also shifted in recent weeks, with the Midwest and Rockies leading the nation in terms of rapidly escalating infections.

"It's really spread across the country," Dr. Tom Inglesby, director of the Center for Health Security at Johns Hopkins University, said on "Fox News Sunday." "It's not just in big cities, but it's in rural locations, small towns."

While the prospect of effective vaccines has brought new hope to a country whose social and economic life has been upended by the virus, public distrust of inoculations runs high. In a recent Gallup poll, just 58% of Americans said they planned to get a COVID-19 vaccine, up from 50% in September.

Incoming White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain said vaccine distribution also brings formidable logistical challenges.

"Vaccines don't save lives, vaccinations safe lives," he told ABC on Sunday. "The much bigger step is actually getting those vaccinations to the American people. That's hard."

COVID-19 shots could reach first Americans by mid-December, top health official says
 

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Bernard Tan
Bernard Tan Nov 23, 2020 4:10AM ET
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China already have the virus cure 2 months ago
Musical Critic
Musical Critic Nov 22, 2020 8:54PM ET
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How can they start giving this when it's only 90-95% effective.. they are not even sure!!.. carry on.. chaos has already set in!!!
cran Vivid
cran Vivid Nov 22, 2020 7:56PM ET
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Sounds like another vaccine-Monday pump...third Monday in a row
Matt Brackley
Matt Brackley Nov 22, 2020 7:50PM ET
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ya totally getting a vaccine from a company that says 90% effective one week and 95% the next...sounds like some solid data lol
Brady Murray
Brady Murray Nov 22, 2020 7:34PM ET
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Thank you President Trump for pushing this and ensuring funding for development in spite of Democrat roadblocks and vicious attacks.
Kanok C.
Kanok C. Nov 22, 2020 5:01PM ET
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US stock market ignor the increasing no. of Covid casualty as well as slowing economic figures such as retailing, jobless...etc, so why worry about vaccine!
bruce pa
bruce pa Nov 22, 2020 4:54PM ET
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Atlanta paper reports the FDA wants 2 more months of data AFTER the trials end. If that is true, how can mid-Dec be possible?
Arthur Santos
Arthur Santos Nov 22, 2020 4:54PM ET
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Prove it! The name of the paper please!
bruce pa
bruce pa Nov 22, 2020 4:54PM ET
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Sorry can't link the article. Published in Atlanta Journal Constitution 11/22/20 pg A5
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bruce pa Nov 22, 2020 4:54PM ET
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https://epaper.ajc.com/popovers/dynamic_article_popover.aspx?guid=535bfd66-c777-45a6-97bd-dd4821ba00a6&pbid=8e0858ee-1443-484d-9e94-f8b8a1eaaaff&utm_source=app.pagesuite&utm_medium=app-interaction&utm_campaign=pagesuite-epaper-html5_share-article
carolyn horton
carolyn horton Nov 22, 2020 4:50PM ET
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these *****vaccines are poisons, that cause more health issues and over weight
Paul Dunne
Paul Dunne Nov 22, 2020 3:57PM ET
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Americans don't want a vaccine. Great! Send it to Europe! We'll put it to good use.
Anthony Anthony
Anthony Anthony Nov 22, 2020 3:01PM ET
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Glad to see no one wants the vaccine. No need for me to wait in long lines. Thank you, fools.
TheGamingFoxy FoxyGamer
TheGamingFoxy FoxyGamer Nov 22, 2020 2:29PM ET
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nope, not me . I'll take my chance with 0.9% survival rate.
Paul Dunne
Paul Dunne Nov 22, 2020 2:29PM ET
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What? 0.9%?
Jim Farrell
Jim Farrell Nov 22, 2020 2:29PM ET
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99% survival rate
Jim Farrell
Jim Farrell Nov 22, 2020 2:29PM ET
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99% survival rate
Paul Dunne
Paul Dunne Nov 22, 2020 2:29PM ET
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In the USA, 256k deaths out of 1.2m cases. That's a survival rate of approximately 97.9%. It's lower in many other countries.
Paul Dunne
Paul Dunne Nov 22, 2020 2:29PM ET
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Paul Dunne 12.2m cases. :)
Musical Critic
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Nobody's going to take the vaccine! And the gov cannot FORCE anybody to take it either.
Jay West
Jay West Nov 22, 2020 1:27PM ET
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What an attempt to pump the market! Dont buy into the hype and sustain the pain of the current bull trap.
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Jay West Nov 22, 2020 1:26PM ET
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No thank you. Anyone taking this is gambling with getting cancer 5-10 years down the road. For a flu strain that has a 99% survival rate. I am sure the line of sheep is starting now in front of the clinics like the lines in front of Walmart for Black Friday.
Frank Olivarez
Frank Olivarez Nov 22, 2020 12:53PM ET
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Is this bullish?
Ron Jon
Ron Jon Nov 22, 2020 12:53PM ET
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I'd say so
Adi Avivi
Adi Avivi Nov 22, 2020 12:53PM ET
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Dow up, Nasdaq down
Tan Kok Teong
Tan Kok Teong Nov 22, 2020 12:37PM ET
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For those who’s not interested in it - thanks alot as there R not enought to go around. Less waiting time
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I won't be getting the vaccine until sufficient time has past for determining if long term side effects exist.
Ron Jon
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I don't as more time goes on more people will be complacent with this virus and just end up not caring about it enough to get one
 
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