The number of people reported to have received the first of two doses of vaccine is 128,000…But there are no numbers for at least 13 states so the number of vaccine shots are way higher than the NY Times reported number….
The first wave are Pfizer vaccines…
The Moderna vaccine is now being shipped and will probably be more widely used since it can be transported and stored at a closer to room temperature then the Pfizer vaccine…
We have also seen reports that several states will Not get the original number of vaccines promised , furthermore it appears that true to the ongoing Trump admin efforts?
The states may continue to be on their own until the Biden admin begins ….
President Trump has no interest at all in the vaccine effort and there IS a transition of government going on …..
More than 128,000 people received a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine this week as the United States began an unprecedented mobilization to deploy vaccines and eventually end a pandemic that has upended every aspect of American life.
The federal government expected to initially deliver enough vaccine for 2.9 million people to receive a first dose, less than 1 percent of the country’s population and not enough even for the health care workers and long-term care facility residents who are at the front of the line.
But the shipments, which came after a record-setting race to develop, study and approve a vaccine, marked a turning point in the pandemic at a time when deaths and cases continue to set records. Federal regulators on Friday gave emergency approval to a second vaccine, developed by Moderna, which was expected to be distributed in the coming days. Both vaccines require patients to receive two doses spaced weeks apart….
According to the United States Department of Health and Human Services, states and a group of federal agencies have been allotted more than 2.9 million first doses. Each state was granted an amount of the vaccine roughly in proportion to their population.
Chicago, New York City and Philadelphia have been allocated doses separately from their states. And some states, like Alaska, North Dakota and Utah, will receive a supplement for tribal governments that have elected to receive their vaccines through the state, rather than through the federal Indian Health Service.
The work to distribute the vaccine comes at one of the darkest points of the pandemic….
The fight against taking the virus heats up…
Public health authorities and social media companies are scrambling to battle coronavirus misinformation as they try to ensure that enough Americans get vaccinated against the coronavirus.
Health experts say at least 70 percent of the country needs to be vaccinated in order to achieve herd immunity and completely crush the outbreak that has killed more than 300,000 Americans.
National polls show an increasing number of Americans are willing to get a coronavirus vaccine, but that some populations, particularly Black and Latino people, are reticent….