After being shot at the Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New York, critical case nurse Sandra Lindsay said, “I’m feeling hopeful today. I’m relieved.”
Shipments of valuable frozen vials of vaccines manufactured by Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech began arriving at hospitals nationwide on Monday.
“This is the light at the end of the tunnel, but it’s a long tunnel,” said New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, watching a video of Lindsay’s vaccination.
We have also approved the vaccine in several other countries, including the United Kingdom, which started vaccination last week.
For healthcare professionals in the first line of vaccination with residents of nursing homes, hope is sadness and months of complete fatigue spent fighting the still-increasing coronavirus in the United States and around the world. Is relieved by.
“This is 24 miles of the marathon. People are tired, but we also realize that we are seeing this end,” said Dr. Kris Dale of the Swedish Health Service in Seattle.
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Packed in dry ice and kept at ultra-freezing temperatures, it was shipped this Sunday from the Kalamazoo plant in Pfizer, Michigan, about 3 million trucks and planes off. When they arrive at the distribution center, each state tells where the dose goes next.
Several hospitals across the country spent weekends tracking luggage and updating the FedEx and UPS websites for clues.
More Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines arrive weekly. And later this week, the FDA will decide whether to turn the world’s second most rigorously studied COVID-19 vaccine manufactured by Moderna Inc into a green light.
The current hurdle is the rapid introduction of vaccines to the arms of millions of people, not just doctors and nurses, but also other health care workers at risk, such as caretakers and food handlers, 3 A second vaccination a week later.
Sumashni, Chief Pharmacy Officer of Mount Sinai Health Systems in New York City, said: “We are in the midst of a surge and it’s a holiday.
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In addition, shots activate people’s immune system, which can cause temporary fever, malaise, and pain, forcing hospitals to stagger employee vaccinations.
Vigilant people are closely watching whether healthcare professionals accept vaccinations. Associated Press-A recent poll by the NORC Public Health Research Center says that only half of Americans want to be vaccinated, but about a quarter are not and the rest are uncertain. ..
The FDA, considered the world’s most stringent healthcare regulator, said the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine appears to be safe and strongly protected, so that scientists and consumers can see it as well last week. I presented the data behind it at an all-day public meeting.
“Look back over the year and tell yourself,’Did I do the right thing?'” Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, told NBC’s Meet the Press on Sunday. Yes, I saw the evidence. ” “People are dying now. How can we say’wait and see’?”
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Still, emergency use means that the vaccine was allowed for widespread use before the final study of nearly 44,000 people was completed. The study continues to try to answer additional questions. Although effective against the disease of COVID-19, it is not yet clear whether vaccination will stop the asymptomatic spread, which accounts for half of all cases.
Shots still have to be studied during pregnancy with children. However, the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology said at the end of Sunday that vaccinations from pregnant women who would otherwise qualify should not be withheld.
Although the vaccine has been determined to be safe, UK regulators are investigating several severe allergic reactions. The FDA’s instructions urge providers not to give it to anyone with a known history of severe allergic reactions to any of its ingredients.
AP journalists Tamara Lush and Kathy Young contributed to this report.
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