Daily US Times: Hundreds of more hospitals in the US geared up to vaccinate their workers on Tuesday as federal regulators issued a positive review of a second coronavirus vaccine needed to boost the country’s largest vaccination campaign. Now US vaccinations are in a stage of getting a boost as the second shot nears.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said its preliminary analysis confirmed the safety and effectiveness of the vaccine developed by Moderna and the National Institutes of Health, bringing it to the cusp of US authorization.
A panel of outside experts will offer their recommendation about the vaccine on Thursday, with a final FDA decision expected soon thereafter.
The positive news comes as hospitals ramped up Covid vaccinations developed by Pfizer and BioNTech, which the FDA cleared last week.
Packed in dry ice to stay at ultra-frozen temperatures, shipments of Pfizer’s vaccine will arrive at 400 additional hospitals and other distribution sites, one day after the country’s death toll surpassed a staggering 300,000. The first 3 million doses are being strictly rationed to elder-care patients and front-line health workers, with hundreds of millions more doses needed over the coming months to protect most Americans.
A second Covid-19 vaccine can not come soon enough as the nation’s daily death count continues to top 2,400 amid over 210,000 new daily cases, based on weekly averages of figures compiled by Johns Hopkins University. The devastating toll is only expected to grow in coming weeks, fueled by family gatherings, holiday travel and lax adherence to basic public health measures. Massive vaccinations will help out from the coronavirus pandemic.
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