US PANEL SAYS HEALTHCARE WORKERS MUST GET COVID-19 VACCINE FIRST

Written by on December 2, 2020

A TOP GOVERNMENT PANEL IN THE UNITED STATES HAS RECOMMENDED HEALTHCARE WORKERS AND NURSING HOME RESIDENTS GET THE COUNTRY’S FIRST CORONAVIRUS VACCINE SHOTS, AS NATIONWIDE DEATHS LINKED TO COVID-19 HIT THE HIGHEST NUMBER FOR A SINGLE DAY IN SIX MONTHS.

THE ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON IMMUNIZATION PRACTICES VOTED 13-1 ON TUESDAY TO RECOMMEND THOSE GROUPS ARE GIVEN PRIORITY IN THE FIRST DAYS OF ANY VACCINATION PROGRAMME WHEN AVAILABLE DOSES ARE EXPECTED TO BE LIMITED. THE TWO GROUPS AMOUNT TO ABOUT 24 MILLION PEOPLE OUT OF A US POPULATION OF ABOUT 330 MILLION.

THE US FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION (FDA) IS YET TO APPROVE ANY VACCINES, BUT A PANEL OF OUTSIDE ADVISERS ARE SET TO MEET ON DECEMBER 10 TO CONSIDER AUTHORISING THE EMERGENCY USE OF TWO VACCINES – ONE MADE BY PFIZER AND THE OTHER BY MODERNA.

CURRENT ESTIMATES PROJECT THAT NO MORE THAN 20 MILLION DOSES OF EACH VACCINE WILL BE AVAILABLE BY THE END OF 2020, WITH EACH PRODUCT REQUIRING TWO DOSES.


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