The coronavirus vaccine may not be widely available for several months until 2021
Pfizer and its partner BioNTech are seeking emergency authorization from the Food and Drug Administration, probably as early as Friday, two days after announcing that the COVID-19 vaccine is 95% effective.
“Our work to deliver a safe and effective vaccine has never been more urgent as we continue to see an alarming increase in the number of cases of COVID-19 worldwide,” said Dr Albert Burla, Chairman and CEO. of Pfizer, in a statement.
This is because the coronavirus continues to ravage the United States ahead of Thanksgiving. The death toll from coronavirus in the United States exceeded 252,000, including more than 2,000, reported on Thursday alone. Hospitalizations across the country have exploded, with nearly 80,000 Americans now receiving inpatient treatment.
On Thursday, California Gov. Gavin Newsum imposed a one-month curfew, beginning Saturday, on nearly all residents in the country’s most populous state. Here’s a look at the restrictions in each country.
📈 Today’s numbers: According to Johns Hopkins University, the United States has reported more than 11.7 million cases and more than 252,500 deaths. The total number is 57 million cases and 1.36 million deaths.
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Pfizer takes the vaccine candidate to the FDA for emergency approval
Pfizer said Friday it wants urgent use of its COVID-19 vaccine, the next step in launching a candidate vaccine. Health and other frontline workers could receive the vaccine as early as December, but it could take up to a year to reach everyone.
This move is following a message from Pfizer Inc. and his German partner BioNTech that his vaccine appears to be 95% effective against the coronavirus. Also this week, the drug company Moderna published positive news, and its vaccine also showed a high rate of efficacy. Both candidates, each of whom required two shots, defended more than 90% of those immunized, according to self-report results.
The FDA and an independent advisory board will review Pfizer’s application before it can embrace the people.
“If we still get people vaccinated to a great extent, then you can start talking about this umbrella or blanket to protect society, which would drastically reduce the risk of being exposed or even infected,” said Dr. Anthony Fauci. , the nation’s top infectious disease expert, said in the United States TODAY earlier this week.
Fauci says Santa won’t be distributing COVID-19 to anyone this Christmas
The CDC recommends not traveling during breaks
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend not traveling for Thanksgiving. Dr Henry Walk, head of the CDC’s COVID-19 incident, said that “the tragedy that can happen” is that family members could be seriously ill, hospitalized or dying. The CDC alert is the latest and highest level of travel risk, as coronavirus cases are on the rise across the country. Officials in California, Illinois and other states have urged residents to avoid trivial travel, even when airlines advertise vacation deals.
“These times are hard, it’s been a long time, almost 11 months, and we understand that people are tired,” Walk said. “But this year we are asking them to limit their travel.”
– Sarah M. Monyushko
Long test lines in the United States ahead of planned Thanksgiving gatherings
With the rise of coronavirus cases and families hoping to reunite safely for Thanksgiving, long testing queues have reappeared in the United States – a reminder that the nation’s testing system still can’t handle the virus.
The delays are happening as the country prepares for winter, flu season and holiday travel, all of which are expected to intensify the U.S. outbreak, which has already swelled after 11.6 million cases and 252,000 deaths.
Laboratories have warned that the continuing shortage of key supplies is likely to create more bottlenecks and delays, especially as cases increase across the country and people rush to get tested before reuniting with relatives.
“As these cases increase, demand increases and lead times can increase,” said Scott Becker, chief executive of the Association of Public Health Laboratories. “So it’s like a dog chasing its tail.”
The lines covered many city blocks on test sites in New York this week, leaving people waiting three or more hours before they could even enter health clinics. In Los Angeles, thousands lined up in front of Dodger Stadium to test drive.
Texas County is requesting workers to move more than 200 bodies
El Paso County, one of the worst-hit areas in Texas during the COVID-19 pandemic, announced the immediate hiring of morgue staff on Thursday night to help move bodies.
“This assignment not only benefits the physical, but can also benefit the emotions,” a county statement said.
El Paso County Medical Expert’s Office had 247 bodies in the morgue and inside nine refrigerated trailers serving as mobile morgues, El Paso County Judge Ricardo Samaniego said in a news release, prompting county commissioners to hire more workers. .
– Daniel Borunda, El Paso Times
Mexico becomes the 4th country with a top 100 deaths
Mexico surpassed the 100,000 COVID-19 death toll on Thursday, joining the United States, Brazil and India as the only countries to reach the dark stage.
Jose Luis Alomia Zegara, director of epidemiology in Mexico, said there were 100,104 confirmed deaths from COVID-19 as of Thursday. This comes less than a week after Mexico said it has exceeded 1 million reported cases of coronavirus, although officials agree that their numbers are likely to be much higher due to low levels of testing.
Lack of tests – Mexico tests only people with severe symptoms and has performed only about 2.5 million tests in a country of 130 million – the lack of hospitals in many areas and the fear of those that exist have created a fertile breeding ground for ignorance, suspicion and fear.
The legendary coach of Notre Dame Lou Holz gives positive results
Legendary football coach Lou Holtz confirmed that he tested positive for COVID-19. Holtz, 83, told ABC Columbia on Thursday that he was recovering from the virus. “I don’t have a lot of energy right now,” said Holtz, best known for his 11-year tenure at Notre Dame, which included a victory at the Fiesta Bowl and a national championship in the 1988 season.
In the summer, when the Big Ten and Pac-12 conferences announced that they were postponing their football college schedules because of the coronavirus pandemic, Holtz strongly objected, comparing players to American soldiers during World War II.
After retiring from coaching in 2004, Holtz worked as an analyst for ESPN and made numerous public appearances in support of President Donald Trump.
California adopts stricter COVID workplace safety rules
On Thursday, California officials approved new regulations requiring employers to implement safety measures aimed at curbing the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace, the last state to adopt stricter rules.
The State Council for Occupational Safety and Health Standards has heard evidence of an urgent interim standard requiring companies to train employees on ways to prevent infection, provide free personal protective equipment and offer free COVID-19 tests to all employees, if three or more employees are infected with the coronavirus within a 14-day period, among other measures.
California joins Oregon, Michigan and Virginia in implementing similar standards. Virginia became the first state in the country to approve temporary new workplace safety rules after lawmakers adopted measures in July, citing inaction by federal officials.
Smithsonian’s DC sites plan to close again
After reopening seven museums in the Washington area and the National Zoo in the summer, the Smithsonian announced it would close again starting Monday and did not specify a date for resumption.
The sites were closed in March during the first wave of coronavirus. They reopened in July, August and September with limited hours, lower capacity, social distancing and mandatory face masks.
Nearly 30 percent of American museums remain closed since their initial closure in March, according to a study by the American Museum Alliance. (Most of the Smithsonian’s websites in Washington and New York have not reopened.) Those that are open operate with 35% of their regular attendance, which Laura Lot, president and CEO of the group, called “unsustainable in the long run.” “.
COVID-19 resources from the USA TODAY
Contribution: Associated Press
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