The first Americans could begin receiving COVID-19 vaccinations as soon as today. This, as the CDC is giving its official recommendation to the vaccine from drug makers Pfizer and BioNTech [[ BYE-on-tech ]]. CDC Director Dr.Robert Redfieldsaid in a statement the move by his agency "comes at a critical time."
Distribution of the Pfizer vaccine began over the weekend, and it’s expected to take months to vaccinate everyone who wants the shot. Healthcare workers and nursing home residents are expected to have top priority.
Considering we’re coming up on a year since the coronavirus became a ‘thing,’ the head of the Food and Drug Administration says Americans can have "trust and confidence" the newly authorized vaccine meets the FDA's high standards for safety and effectiveness. CommissionerSteve Hahnsays although the vaccine was prepared in record time, there were no corners cut. He also called the emergency authorization of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine a "significant milestone.” The FDA is making available information on their data review process as well as vaccine ingredients, benefits, uses and risks.
- In case you’re wondering, White House stafferswere supposed to beamong the first people to receive the coronavirus vaccine,but the President apparently kiboshed that. A number of top White House officials, including President Trump, have already tested positive for the respiratory illness, but officials still want to prevent the virus from spreading further among top authorities. Taking to Twitter, the President announced the news himself. "People working in the White House should receive the vaccine somewhat later in the program, unless specifically necessary,"Trump tweeted. "I have asked that this adjustment be made. I am not scheduled to take the vaccine, but look forward to doing so at the appropriate time. Thank you!"
- Where do we stand with COVID-19?According to the latest numbers from Johns Hopkins, the United States has confirmed just over 16-point-two-million diagnosed cases across the United States since the beginning – with just over 299-thousand have succumbed to the illness. In good news?Nearly six-point-three-million people have recovered.Something else to consider? Ourper capita fatality rate, which now has us in 11thplace worldwide.