Eleven months after the first case of coronavirus in the U.S, the first doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine are being administered today.
Deliveries are set to arrive at administration sites at around 8AM ET today. Thousands of vials of the vaccine were collected for distribution across the country Sunday after it passed its last regulatory hurdle.
Gustave Perna, chief operating officer of Operation Warp Speed, said Saturday.
“We expect 145 sites across all the states to receive vaccine on Monday, another 425 sites on Tuesday, and the final 66 sites on Wednesday, which will complete the initial delivery of the Pfizer orders for vaccine.”
It’s up to states to allocate their share of vaccines, but the CDC has recommended that frontline health care workers and residents of long-term care facilities get the vaccine first.
Officials warn it could be months before the vaccine becomes available to many Americans as the virus continues to surge, breaking grim state and national records.
More than 30,000 Americans died due to Covid-19 in the first 13 days of December, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. It put the country’s death toll since the beginning of the pandemic at nearly 300,000 as of this morning, with more than 16.2 million reported cases.
Hospitalizations have remained above 100,000 for 12 consecutive days, breaking records for eight days in a row Sunday.
Los Angeles International Airport tweeted ust before 10PM local time that it had received its first batch. LAX said.
“This is a major milestone for science, our country and our community. Thank you to all those who made this delivery possible, and are part of the incredible effort to distribute vaccines around the world,”
The first batch of COVID-19 vaccine has arrived in Los Angeles at LAX. This is a major milestone for science, our country and our community. Thank you to all those who made this delivery possible, and are part of the incredible effort to distribute vaccines around the world. pic.twitter.com/KUnjSFrTyS— LAX Airport (@flyLAXairport) December 14, 2020
Dr. Francis Collins told NBC’s Chuck Todd on Meet the Press,
“Masks are still going to be part of our life. We need to recognize that and not step away or start to drop our guard,
I think all reasonable people, if they had the chance to sort of put the noise aside and disregard all those terrible conspiracy theories, would look at this and say, ‘I want this for my family, I want it for myself
People are dying right now. How could you possibly say let’s wait and see if that might mean some terrible tragedy is going to befall.”
(Graphic, Trey Speegle; via CNN)