Vaccine Day: First Vaccines are Delivered in the U.S.
December 14, 2020
(Photo by Mark Lennihan / POOL / AFP) (Photo by MARK LENNIHAN/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Vaccine Day! Today marks the first COVID-19 vaccinations in the United States and the first vaccine took place in New York City, which was the hardest hit. Frontline healthcare workers around the country are now receiving shots. Read some key excerpts below.
“The first coronavirus vaccination in the United States took place on Monday morning in Queens, state officials said, signaling a turning point in the battle against a pandemic that has profoundly scarred New York, killing more than 35,000 people
and severely weakening the economy. Sandra Lindsay, an intensive care nurse at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, received the shot, the first outside of a vaccine trial, shortly after 9 a.m. during news conference with Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo. The vaccine arrives at a time of urgency, with the state now confronting a worsening second wave after a relatively dormant period in the summer…”
“Shipments of Pfizer and BioNTech’s newly authorized Covid-19 vaccines should arrive in states on Monday, General Gus Perna, the CEO of Operation Warp Speed, announced Saturday. However, the initial shipment of roughly 3 million doses will only go to roughly 145 sites across the U.S.
“We expect 145 sites across all the states to receive vaccine on Monday, another 425 sites on Tuesday, and the final 66 sites on Wednesday, which will complete the initial delivery of the Pfizer orders,” Perna said.The distribution plan contradicts promises made by President Trump, who in a video released shortly after the FDA authorization, claimed that shipments of the vaccine had already begun and that the vaccine would be administered “in less than 24 hours.”
Saturday was D-Day for COVID-19 vaccine, when distribution of small vials that hold the hope of ending the coronavirus pandemic began to be packed for delivery at a manufacturing facility in Michigan.
“D-Day was a pivotal turning point in World War II. It was the beginning of the end,” Gen. Gustave Perna, co-leader of Operation Warp Speed in charge of logistics, said at a news conference Saturday. “And that’s where we are today.”
The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, authorized by the Food and Drug Administration Friday night for emergency use, will be delivered to 145 hospitals, clinics and public health systems in all 50 states on Monday morning.
The Navajo Nation is expecting to receive around 12,000 COVID-19 vaccines this coming week, starting with Pfizer.
On Monday, nearly 4,000 doses of Pfizer’s vaccine will be delivered to the Indian Medical Center in Gallup to be distributed to other key health care centers across the Navajo Nation. The vaccines will then be sent to hospitals and other facilities on the Nation that are ready to administer the vaccines.
The Navajo Nation Police will be escorting the transports.
“We are looking at these vaccines coming onto the Navajo nation and being distributed from the point of delivery out to the seven service units throughout the Navajo Nation in New Mexico and Arizona,” said Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez.
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