The United States Starts COVID-19 Vaccination, The White House Gives Priority

- Dec 16, 2020-

On the 14th, the United States launched the new crown vaccination. At 9 o'clock in the morning, in New York State, the most severely affected state in the United States, Sandra Lindsay, a nurse in the intensive care unit, received the first new coronavirus vaccine in the United States. According to people familiar with the matter, senior White House officials will receive some of the first batch of new coronavirus vaccines in the United States earlier than the general public. According to the report, due to the limited number of the first batch of vaccines, only most medical staff can get the vaccine. The White House staff said that they have close contacts with President Trump, so they plan to receive vaccinations. Sources revealed that they hope that the final distribution of the vaccine will include everyone working in the White House, but the vaccine will start with some of the most senior officials working around Trump. The US media pointed out that it is not yet clear how much the White House will allocate or how many doses of vaccine are needed. The White House has not yet responded. Vaccine distribution chaos Last Sunday, after Pfizer's new crown vaccine was quickly approved by the U.S. 

Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the first batch of vaccines have been released from the Michigan factory and planned to be shipped to 145 sites in 50 states. It is reported that the number of people receiving the first batch of vaccines will reach 3 million. However, this so-called "largest vaccine distribution plan in history" has been cast a shadow over poor coordination. Moncef Slaoui, the chief scientific adviser of the Trump administration's vaccine project and the head of Operation Warp Speed, said on the 8th that it would take seven months to vaccinate everyone. Sloy said at the White House on the 8th: “20 million people will be vaccinated in December, 30 million in January, and 50 million in February.” However, he expects to be vaccinated for everyone until June next year. Some vaccines were delivered to the wrong place, while others did not match the reservation. A California hospital system ordered a powdered vaccine, but received a frozen vial. People will have to wait a long time to get vaccinated. 

 The vaccine box was sent to the wrong place. A hospital in California wanted a powdered vaccine instead of a frozen bottle. In the coming weeks, tens of thousands of Americans hope to be vaccinated, but in fact they will have to wait several months. ➤First-line medical care "line up behind" In addition, the state governments basically monopolize the interpretation power of the local vaccine distribution plan. Taking into account the urgency of supply and the epidemic, most of them chose to give priority to nursing homes at the same place, and front-line medical staff were forced to "queue behind". According to a Reuters survey, less than 20% of medical staff can vaccinate: There are approximately 21 million medical staff and 3 million elderly in nursing homes in the United States. An analysis by Reuters found that most states predict that only 13% to 18% of health care workers will receive the first batch of vaccines. According to Observer.com, in Kentucky, two-thirds of the first batch of vaccines will be given priority to nursing homes, which account for 65% of the state’s total deaths. Ohio also plans to use the first 98,000 doses of vaccines to supply 88,000 doses to nursing homes, leaving very little for hospitals. According to reports, this batch of vaccines must be stored at minus 70 degrees Celsius, which means that the vaccines must be transported in dry ice or ultra-cold refrigerators. This once again challenges the already chaotic vaccine distribution. The president of the Hawaii Medical Association told CNN reporters last month that all hospitals in Hawaii lack the conditions to refrigerate Pfizer vaccines. At the same time, they couldn't get enough dry ice to use the vaccine company's shipping box rationally. Moncef Slaoui said on November 30 that as many as 15% of Pfizer and Modena vaccine trial participants had "quite obvious side effects." According to Reuters, the vaccine was given in two injections, three weeks apart. Pfizer said that most of the side effects of the subjects were mild to moderate and would disappear soon. The most serious side effects include flu-like symptoms, fatigue and headaches. Although the vaccine has been urgently authorized by the FDA, the allergic reaction of two British health agency personnel is still worrying. 

 According to British media reports on the 9th, two British health agency staff experienced severe allergic reactions after being vaccinated with the vaccine on the 8th. The British National Health Service (NHS) stated that people with a history of severe allergies should not get the vaccine. The two allergic medical staff experienced allergic reactions such as skin rash, difficulty breathing, and drop in blood pressure, but there were no serious life-threatening reactions. Both of them had a history of severe allergies before being vaccinated with Pfizer's new crown vaccine. Senior US health officials said that when preparing to approve the emergency use of Pfizer vaccine, the FDA is reviewing recent reports of allergic reactions caused by the new crown vaccine. However, although Pfizer's new crown vaccine can prevent the virus, there is currently no data showing that the vaccine can prevent the spread of the virus. Therefore, wearing masks and maintaining social distance are still necessary epidemic prevention measures.