US Releases Millions Of COVID-19 Vaccine Doses

Henrietta Strickland
January 13, 2021

Azar reported Tuesday that 38 million doses of vaccine have been made available to the states so far.

Moderna also informed the markets today about its financial status, saying it expects company cash, cash equivalents, and investments as of December 31, 2020 to be around US$5.25bn (unaudited), as compared to $1.26bn on that date the year prior.

As the nation struggles to scale up its COVID-19 immunization rollout, another vaccine in the works could soon help bridge the gap. He has pledged to inoculate one million New Yorkers by the end of this month.

Last week, a spokesman for President-elect Joe Biden said Biden, who takes office next week, would accelerate distribution of COVID-19 vaccines to jump-start lagging inoculations by releasing more doses.

The vaccine - developed by the company's Belgian division, Janssen Pharmaceutica - differs from the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, which use mRNA technology.

The US biotech also announced an expansion of its respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) vaccine program into older adults.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said he would grudgingly agree to include people as young as 65 and those with pre-existing conditions, even though he personally opposes it.

In Alabama, the first round of vaccines went to healthcare workers and workers and residents of long-term care facilities.

The vaccinations have yet to make a dent in the health crisis, as the pandemic claimed on average about 3,200 lives nationwide each day over the last week. "We want to bring an affordable vaccine to the public, with the goal of providing 1 billion doses in 2021 and more after that".

States in recent days have been increasing vaccination capacity with the ad hoc conversion of sports venues, convention halls and empty schools into vaccine centres.

"We are all wanting to vaccinate as many people as quickly as possible", said Grace Lee, a pediatrician at Stanford and a member of the CDC's vaccine advisory committee. "I mean, you can't go to Rite Aid and Walgreens and ask the pharmacist to be the gatekeeper, which is essentially what you'd have to do", Peter Hotez, co-director of the Texas Children's Center for Vaccine Development, said in an interview.

"This deadly virus continues to spread at alarming rates". Vaccination allocation so far has been based strictly on a population basis; beginning in two weeks, states that rapidly use their doses will get a larger allocation.

At least two counties have already started giving the vaccine to people over 75 and other counties have begun allowing people over 75 to sign up for the vaccine.

This will attempt to address a reoccurring issue states have faced in trying to administer the vaccine through hospitals and medical providers that have said they don't have the resources or personnel to serve as vaccination clinics.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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