US Accelerates Process to Endorse Pfizer and Moderna Vaccines

WASHINGTON, DC-Pfizer Inc and Moderna Inc COVID-19 vaccines could be licensed and ready for distribution in the United States in a matter of weeks, setting the stage for widespread inoculation to begin even this year, he said. the Secretary of Health and Human Services, Alex Azar.

US officials assured that the different states and territories are prepared to begin distributing the vaccines within 24 hours after receiving the regulatory authorization and its complex cold storage will not be an impediment for all Americans to receive the vaccines.

Pfizer announced that the final results of a large-scale trial of its COVID-19 vaccine showed 95 percent effectiveness and clarified that it will apply for approval for emergency use in the United States, after accumulating two months of data on health security.

The drugmaker reported that the efficacy of the vaccine it developed with its German partner BioNTech was consistent across demographic groups by ethnicity and age, and that no major adverse effects were detected, a sign that immunization could be spread across populations across the world. world.

The efficacy in adults over 65, who are particularly vulnerable to the virus, was greater than 94 percent.

Of the 48 experimental vaccines against COVID-19 that are currently in clinical trials in humans, only eleven have entered phase 3, the last one before approval by health authorities, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Among them are those made by the companies Sinovac, Sinopharm and Bharat Biotech.

On the other hand, vaccinating 20 percent of the population in Latin America and the Caribbean against the new coronavirus will cost more than 2 billion dollars, said the deputy director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Jarbas Barbosa. “We know that distributing a vaccine will be challenging and expensive. And although this figure is high, vaccines are a smart and necessary investment, “he added. America has reported almost 1.5 million cases and 19 thousand deaths from COVID-19 in the last week, Barbosa reported.

The number of daily deaths reported globally from COVID stood at 10,816, according to a . tally, the highest total of deaths in a single day and nearly half of the 4 million new coronavirus cases recorded in the United States. world last week were in Europe.

However, the continent registered a decrease of about 10 percent in infections compared to the previous week thanks to the new and severe restrictions, the WHO reported.

Russia registered 456 deaths in the last 24 hours, the maximum number of deaths from COVID-19 in one day, and Belgium leads the world with 129 deaths per 100,000 people, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

Germany recorded 17,561 new cases of coronavirus in the last 24 hours and its second highest death toll since the start of the pandemic, with 305.

German police used water cannons against protesters in central Berlin protesting against restrictions to combat the coronavirus.

The president-elect of the United States has reinforced the call to wear face masksThe president-elect of the United States has reinforced the call to wear face masksSource: AP

Joe Biden: “I’ll work with the doctors”

With the new wave of COVID in the United States, which exceeded 250,000 deaths and 11 million infections, according to data from Johns Hopkins University, President-elect Joe Biden met with health workers who have been on the front lines of the pandemic , in a virtual event.

Biden and his top aides warned that President Donald Trump’s defiance of not acknowledging defeat could complicate efforts to contain the surge in cases.

“Workers on the front lines of this pandemic are making extraordinary sacrifices every day. They deserve to be heard and work as hard as they are doing in their communities. As president, that is exactly what I will do, ”he tweeted.

The number of hospitalizations for COVID-19 has doubled in the last month and there are currently almost 77 thousand people hospitalized. The daily average number of infections is 160,000, and the average number of deaths is 1,155 per day, the highest in months, authorities reported.

New York City is closing schools to try to stop the outbreak, Mayor Bill de Blasio said. The nation’s largest public school system will stop face-to-face learning today, sending more than 1 million children to classes entirely online.

Los Angeles imposed new restrictions on businesses and prepares a curfew for less essential workers in case the number of coronavirus cases continues to rise. Agencies