Sunday, October 17, 2021

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New Orleans health care workers hopeful as they line up for the coronavirus vaccine | Coronavirus

Just an hour after the first coronavirus vaccines arrived at Ochsner Health’s Jefferson Highway main campus, they sat in glass vials in front of pharmacist Mona Moghareh.

Cameras livestreamed the moment. A small crowd and the Gov. John Bel Edwards looked on. 

“It’s an honor,” said Moghareh, one of Ochsner’s inpatient pharmacists who works on the hospital floor. She’d been waiting for this day for a long time. 

“Is that considered a small needle for a vaccine?” Edwards asked.



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Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards, right, talks with Debbie Ford, MSN, RN, center, chief nursing officer with Ochsner Medical Center, as she gets ready to receive the first coronavirus vaccine from Dr. Mona Moghareh, left, on Monday, December 14, 2020. (Photo by Chris Granger | The Times-Picayune | The New Orleans Advocate)




Moghareh, who has been mixing medications for coronavirus patients since March and will now be

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Italian boy may have had the coronavirus in December last year, three months before the country’s first official case

Researchers around the world are looking at blood samples taken in late 2019 to see if there are any early signs of the coronavirus. The latest example is of researchers looking at old blood samples taken from children in Milan. One boy’s blood sample tested positive for SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, and researchers say that it is similar to the strain that was found in Wuhan, according to the study published in Emerging Infectious Diseases.

The authors report that the sample was taken in early Dec. 2019, about three months earlier than the first official reported coronavirus case in Italy. The segment of viral genetic material was identified as matching the Wuhan and other strains of the coronavirus, although they could not identify it further as to which exact strain it was.

The child was not asymptomatic, which is why they took blood samples from him on

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New Jersey “in for several hard months” in coronavirus fight, says Governor Phil Murphy

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy said Tuesday, when the first coronavirus vaccinations in the state are set to be administered, will be “momentous” and “a day for hope and optimism.” But, he warned Monday during a public briefing, that shouldn’t allow residents to become complacent. 

“We are also in for several hard months, especially the next 6-8 weeks. As vaccinations move forward, we will be facing stiff headwinds into this second wave,” he said.

Murphy announced Sunday that the first doses of Pfizer’s new vaccine would go to health care workers at University Hospital in Newark on Tuesday. He said the state’s first allotment of 76,000 would be split between health care workers and long-term care facility residents and staff over the next few weeks.

As of Monday, more than 15,883 people in the state had died of COVID-19, with 4,170 new cases reported. The state has reported more than

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Trump Delays Plan to Hasten Coronavirus Vaccines for White House Staff

The White House chief of staff, Mark Meadows, right, in October. Mr. Meadows tested positive for the coronavirus in early November.
Credit…Oliver Contreras for The New York Times

President Trump said on Sunday night that he would delay a plan for senior White House staff members to receive the coronavirus vaccine in the coming days.

The shift came just hours after The New York Times reported that the administration was rapidly planning to distribute the vaccine to its staff at a time when the first doses are generally being reserved for high-risk health care workers.

Mr. Trump, who tested positive for the coronavirus in October and recovered after being hospitalized, also implied that he would get the vaccine himself at some point in the future, but said he had no immediate plans to do so.

“People working in the White House should receive

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Amid darkest days of coronavirus pandemic, historic vaccine effort enters final stage

The post hit the internet on Jan. 10. Uploaded to an obscure medical website, it was met with little fanfare. But to the world’s scientific community, it was like a gunshot at the starting line.



A member of staff adjusts a vial of Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine at a vaccination health centre in Cardiff, South Wales, Dec. 8, 2020.


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A member of staff adjusts a vial of Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine at a vaccination health centre in Cardiff, South Wales, Dec. 8, 2020.

The race was on.

For weeks, newscasts had featured increasingly frightening scenes from Wuhan, the central Chinese hub where a mysterious contagion was rapidly spreading.

But just days into the New Year, researchers in China had finally revealed the genetic code of the novel coronavirus, offering Western researchers their first glimpse into the pathogen’s potency – and its simplicity.

Almost immediately, on the other side of the world, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the top infectious disease expert in the U.S., scrambled to mobilize his team of

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First coronavirus vaccine shipments leave Pfizer facility, head to states

But even as state officials scrambled to distribute the first doses, they criticized the federal government for a lack of transparency and limited financial help, warning that both could hamper efforts to quickly vaccinate the most vulnerable populations, including health-care workers and the elderly.

As the vaccine doses made their way to hospitals Sunday, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Robert Redfield gave the final nod, greenlighting the decision to recommend Pfizer’s vaccine for those 16 and older.

Additionally, the governors of California, Washington, Oregon and Nevada announced Sunday that an independent review of the Pfizer vaccine found it was safe for public use. They said the vaccine was on the way but did not give a specific estimate for when the first shots would be given.

As the vaccine arrived at a Louisville hub for distribution across the east coast Sunday, Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear (D) moved up

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D.C. coronavirus vaccine: Fire Chief Donnelly, other firefighters to get first doses

Kaiser Permanente, which will administer the doses, expects to receive its initial shipment of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine on Wednesday and must finish training its staff on how to handle the drug and give the shots, said LaToya Foster, a spokeswoman for D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D).

Other hospitals and health-care systems getting part of the initial shipment will begin vaccinating their workers as soon as they have completed the training process.

Foster said the fire personnel were chosen because they are willing to be vaccinated on camera and talk about it publicly, which officials hope will build confidence in a vaccine that has been politicized and is distrusted by many — especially in communities of color.

“I’m getting vaccinated for my city,” Lt. Keisha Jackson, who is in the homeland security division, said in an emailed statement. “In the last nine months, I’ve seen COVID devastate my department. I’ve

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We asked a former CDC director about the coronavirus vaccine. Here’s what he said

The Food and Drug Administration has approved the emergency use of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine, kicking off a massive nationwide operation to get nearly 3 million doses of the vaccine to hospitals and drug stores across the country. 

But questions still remain over just how vaccine distribution will exactly play out, who should be among the first to receive an injection and how public messaging plays a critical role in establishing trust in the vaccination process. 

Here’s a look at our Q&A with Dr. Richard Besser, former acting CDC director and president of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.


This week the FDA’s advisory board approved for emergency use the COVID vaccine, and the FDA has since approved it. What should we expect the next few days to look like in terms of getting an injection to those who need it most?

The Emergency Use Authorization for Pfizer’s vaccine is a tremendous

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As coronavirus vaccine begins to roll out, FDA seeks to reassure the public on safety

At a news conference, FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn said he would “absolutely” get the vaccine as soon as he is eligible.

Hahn denied, as he did Friday, that the White House had threatened his job if the agency didn’t move quickly on the vaccine. The Washington Post reported Friday that White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows called Hahn on Friday morning to warn him to be ready to submit his resignation if the agency didn’t clear the shots by the end of the day, according to multiple people knowledgeable about the situation and who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they but did not have permission to speak publicly.

“Science and data guided the FDA’s decision,” Hahn told reporters, adding the agency had maintained “the integrity of the scientific process” while moving as quickly as possible given the urgent situation.

Discussing the possibility of rare severe allergic reactions,

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Hospitals await coronavirus vaccine shipments and wonder who gets the first shots

“You have heard me refer to today as D-Day,” said Gen. Gustave Perna, the chief operating officer of Operation Warp Speed, the public-private partnership speeding the development of vaccines and therapeutics. “Some people assumed that I meant the day of distribution. In fact, D-Day, in military, designates the day the mission begins. D-Day was a pivotal turning point in World War II. It was the beginning of the end. D-Day was the beginning of the end, and that’s where we are today.”

The initial distribution to hospitals, which are battling climbing case counts and mounting deaths, marks the beginning of one of the most complicated logistical missions in U.S. history. Nearly 3 million doses of the vaccine, manufactured by Pfizer and BioNTech, are being sent by plane and guarded truck. The shots must be stored at ultracold temperatures.

Perna said boxes were being packed and loaded with vaccine following Friday’s

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