America lives its worst weeks since the start of the pandemic. In this last month the daily figures of infections far exceed 100,000 (up to 143,000 yesterday and a record 193,000 on November 14) and the total number of deaths from COVID-19 in the most affected country in the world amounts to 263,946.
A bleak panorama that breaks with all forecasts of the start of the health emergency. However, the development of different vaccines around the world makes the beginning of the end of SARS-CoV-2 be closer. Two of them, those of Pfizer and Moderna, are carried out in the United States, and the virologist Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), already sets a date when they will be available in the country of the stars and stripes.
In an interview with Fox News, the expert indicates that “probably to end of the second week of DecemberTherefore, two weeks remain to reach that date. He has also confirmed that the vaccine order will be similar to that of Spain: elderly living in residences, health personnel and people at risk.
“I think we will have about 40 million doses of vaccine before the end of the year “, considers Redfield, with which there will be “to vaccinate 20 million people”since the vaccine is administered in two doses. After the first months, it is expected that by March there will already be doses for start vaccinating the general population.
Moderna asks for FDA approval
This Monday, the pharmacist Modern has applied to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the emergency clearance of its vaccine, something that Pfizer already did a few days before. If accepted, it could start be distributed in the US as of December 21.
For its part, the FDA has scheduled a meeting for December 10 of the Advisory Committee on Vaccines and Related Biological Products to discuss Pfizer’s request. Despite the development of these vaccines, Redfield said that precautions should continue to be taken. “I want to people be alert cause now we are rounding the curve“.