“We need to take a moment, I think, we think this group is in danger every day in the US, but now that this vaccine has been developed in record time, it can save us and our country in a timely manner and save the world from this terrible epidemic,” said emergency physician Dr. Liana Wen. Then CNN’s Chris Cuomo said moments.
The news comes during the most difficult weeks the US has faced since the pandemic began. Friday saw the highest number of new cases, hospitalizations and daily deaths since the outbreak began. More than 3,300 American deaths were reported.
FDA Commissioner Dr. Stephen Hahn described the European Union as an important milestone in tackling the epidemic, which includes the input of independent scientific and public health experts after a free and transparent review process and a comprehensive assessment of the agency’s career scientists.
There are only two important steps left to start immunizations: the Schedule for Disease Control and Prevention Advisory Committee, which meets Saturday morning, must vote to recommend the vaccine, and then the agency must approve that recommendation.
Then, immunizations can be started. But for most Americans, it can take months to get the vaccine.
Officials remain confident that any American who wants to be vaccinated in the summer will receive adequate doses.
Meanwhile, the U.S. – already a widespread virus outbreak – is predicted to face brutal days.
Overweight hospitals across the US
The country reported 231,700 new Kovid-19 infections on Friday – the highest ever.
Hospitals in almost every corner of the country were affected. HHS data show that 85% of hospitals nationwide have more Kovid-19 patients than a month ago. In all, one in five patients in the hospital confirmed last week that they had Kovid-19 – twice as much as a month ago.
Among the 10 largest cities in the country, the proportion of hospitalized patients infected with the virus ranges from about 9% in New York to 23% in Chicago. Meanwhile, in El Paso, Texas, more than 50% of patients in city hospitals had Kovid-19 between November 27 and December 3. This is double the national average for that period.
Top state health officials in Mississippi said Friday that ICUs were full and there were several hospitals (along the way). The state health officer said the selection surgery required for admission to the hospital should be delayed from Tuesday. Thomas Dobbs tweeted.
‘Unprecedented and Tragic Suffering’
There has been an increase in the number of Kovid-19 patients admitted to hospitals across the country. More than 3,300 American deaths were reported Friday, the deadliest day since the epidemic began. The country’s previous record was set on Wednesday with more than 3,100 deaths.
The next three months will be “really rough,” the CDC director warned, as soon as a vaccine is available.
“For the next 60 to 90 days, there will be more deaths every day than there were in 9/11,” he said. Robert Redfield said Thursday. “This is an unfortunate loss of life as has happened to us so far.”
He added that the reality is that the vaccine will not affect approval.
In California, Los Angeles County Public Health Director Dr. Barbara Ferrer issued a stern warning about the coming weeks, with the county doubling the number of new cases in about 10 days.
“Now the problem is we call it the Thanksgiving leap,” Ferrer said. “We had a leap. Now we have a leap. It’s very difficult for us to calculate exactly what we’ll going to see in the next week or two.”
Kandy has “unknown locations”, and there are case numbers and hospitals that we “have never experienced and clearly do not expect.
“We are on a very dangerous path to see unprecedented suffering and death in LA County if the leap cannot be stopped,” Ferrer said.
The FAA requests all airports to be prepared for vaccine flight
At the same time, the Federal Aviation Administration has demanded that airports across the country be prepared, although the airport is not scheduled to receive aircraft carrying the Kovid-19 vaccine.
The agency told CNN on Thursday that it would instruct air traffic controllers to give priority clearance to aircraft carrying the vaccine.
Operation Warp Speed Chief Adviser Monsieur Sloy said states will receive Fischer’s Covid-19 vaccine once a week to begin with after the shots are released.
“The plan is to ship the vaccine once a week and inform governors in advance of the number of doses they will receive,” Sloci told CNN. “Those vaccines … are intended to be fully used in the population within a week, because the same states will receive similar doses, three weeks later for those who received the first dose earlier than the second dose when the Fischer vaccine was given,” he said.
He added that the number of vaccines would increase “week by week.”
He said that if the modern vaccine is approved, it will significantly increase the number of vaccines being distributed. FDA vaccine advisers will meet next week.
CNN’s Shelby Lynn Erdman, Pete Mundian, Alta Spells, Haley Brink, Greg Wallace, Kay Jones, Deadrey McPhillips and Andrea Diaz contributed to this report.