The Most Urgent Vaccine Effort Since Polio Shots In The 1950s Launched

First Covid-19 Vaccine Given to the American Public

Sandra Lindsay, a nurse at Long Island Jewish Medical Center in Queens NY was among the first to receive the shot Monday morning.

The first U.S. vaccines against Covid-19 outside of clinical trials began Monday, beginning the most urgent mass immunization campaign since polio shots were launched in the 1950s.

A total of 55 locations across the country received vaccine shipments around Monday around noon, said General Gustave Perna, chief operating officer for Operation Warp Rate, the U.S. government’s coronavirus response program. He said in a news conference that plans remain on track for a total of 636 sites to receive vaccines by Wednesday and an additional 581 between Thursday and Sunday, completing distribution of initial 2.9 million doses. The vaccines are given in two doses between a few weeks.

The government has a reserve of 500,000 doses in case of problems, he added.

Vaccinations in California

Bloomberg reports that Vaccine Meets New Cases in California.

California Governor Gavin Newsom watches, Kaiser Permanente Hospital in Los Angeles began vaccinating health care providers Monday, as the first 33,150 doses arrived in the state. The first round of Pfizer vaccine doses went to four California hospitals – in Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco and Eureka – with 29 additional facilities scheduled to receive shipments in the next two days, Newsom said.

The pandemic continues to rage across the state, and Newsom noted that the number of doses arriving on Monday was roughly equal to the number of new cases recorded on Sunday in the state.

California will vaccinate its approximately 2 million health care providers first, and has not released its plan to give a dose to anyone other than nursing home residents.

Worst Covid Week Ever

On December 10, the Covid Tracking Project noted Our Bad Week Still

Almost all the resources were a terrible week, a terrible month (nine days after) and a terrible year. The United States has set pandemic records in all three metrics that measure the severity of the pandemic this week, recording a total of 1.4 million new cases and 15,966 deaths. Yesterday states and territories reported 3,088 deaths due to COVID-19 – a record no one wanted to see – and the average number of deaths per day exceeded 2,000, exceeding the highest average we saw in the spring lethal first rise. More than 106,000 people are currently hospitalized with COVID-19.

If the patterns we’ve been tracking here since spring are fulfilled, the worst is yet to come. Given the rapid increase in the number of new cases, we expect the metric for hospitalizations and deaths to continue to rise in the coming weeks – especially if in-person meetings on Thanksgiving Day have caused a greater spread of the new coronavirus, as public experts have warned. healthy. .

Vaccination Survey

Vaccine Priorities

A new ABC News / Ipsos survey finds many Americans that elected officials and athletes need to be behind the line.

Inquiry Details

  • Large majorities of Americans say that health workers (91%), first responders (87%), seniors (83%), and people with pre-existing conditions (84%) should be a top priority.
  • Only 16% say elected officials and 9% athletes should be a top priority.
  • Two in five of them (40%) say they will receive the vaccine as soon as it becomes available, especially those over 65 (57%).
  • Nearly half (44%) say they will wait a bit, especially minority respondents (52%).
  • Less than one in five (15%) say they will never get the vaccine, especially Republicans (26%).
  • Only about a third (39%) of Americans believe that states should make the vaccine mandatory for residents.

Other topics in past surveys includes George Floyd, slave repairs and education.

Be careful when scrolling. The previous ballot was on July 24, so some issues are very stale.

I have high hopes for this vaccine effort, although new variant mutations continue to occur.