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Five Mobile County hospitals to get Pfizer vaccine this week

Five hospitals in Mobile County will be part of the Alabama launch of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, according to an official with the Mobile County Health Department.

The hospitals will give the initial doses to frontline healthcare workers

Dr. Scott Chavers, an epidemiologist with the Mobile County Health Department, told AL.com on Friday that Mobile Infirmary, University Hospital, USA Children’s and Women’s Hospital, Providence Hospital and Springhill Medical Center are on the state’s initial distribution lists.

He said the first phase of distribution, called “Phase 1a,” will include 5,800 initial vaccine doses that will be distributed to the Mobile County area and will be specifically given to healthcare workers.

The Alabama Department of Public Health, last week, confirmed the state is expected to receive about 40,000 initial doses overall.

“They were chosen because of their capability of storing the vaccine at the ultralow temperatures required for the Pfizer vaccine at

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Hospitals Prioritize Which Workers Are First for COVID Shots

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center.

If there’s such a thing as a date with destiny, it’s marked on Dr. Taison Bell’s calendar.

At noon Tuesday, Bell, a critical care physician, is scheduled to be one of the first health care workers at the University of Virginia Health System to roll up his sleeve for a shot to ward off the coronavirus.

“This is a long time coming,” said Bell, 37, who signed up via hospital email last week. “The story of this crisis is that each week feels like a year. This is really the first time that there’s genuine hope that we can turn the corner on this.”

For now, that hope is limited to a chosen few. Bell provides direct care to some of the sickest COVID-19 patients at the UVA Health hospital in Charlottesville, Virginia. But he is

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When Will Hospitals Start Getting Pfizer’s COVID Vaccine? Operation Warp Speed Official Gives Update

After months of anticipation amid an unabating pandemic, the first delivery of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine will be delivered Monday to U.S. hospitals, according to officials.

The vaccine has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration for emergency use only. The vaccine is 95% effective. 

On Saturday, boxes filled with the vaccine will be distributed from the Pfizer manufacturing location to various locations around the U.S. after they leave UPS and FexEx hubs. The vaccine shipments are going to 636 locations. 

In a press briefing on Saturday, Gen. Gustave Perna, the chief operating officer of Operation Warp Speed, spoke about the delivery of Pfizer’s vaccine.

“We expect 145 sites across all the states to receive the 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 stated.

Health departments will be giving out

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Doctors treating some COVID patients at home as Alabama hospitals run low on beds

Dr. Blayke Gibson works at the front lines of the COVID pandemic in the emergency department at UAB Hospital, where she sees some of the state’s sickest patients.

But as beds fill up at UAB and across the state, Gibson and her colleagues are increasingly sending some of them home as part of a program designed to treat borderline cases outside of the hospital. UAB has purchased inexpensive pulse oximeters that can be sent home with patients and allow them to monitor their oxygen levels remotely, saving hospital beds for patients who are sicker. Doctors follow up by phone or video call within 24 hours and frequently after that, to make sure the patient isn’t getting any worse.

Gibson said the program was modeled on one developed at Weill Cornell Medicine in the spring, when hospitals in New York struggled with an influx of COVID patients. Gibson said she and

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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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1 in 8 US hospitals out of intensive care space

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Multiple regions in the U.S. are reporting that hospitals are filled to capacity with COVID patients. (Dec. 1)

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Hospitals from West Texas to the upper Midwest are facing dire shortages of beds for critically ill coronavirus patients as the post-holiday surge shows no sign of relenting, new data shows.

About 1 in 8 U.S. hospitals had little or no intensive care unit space available last week. And experts say the number of hospitals struggling to accommodate the nation’s sickest patients likely will increase following another week of record COVID-19 cases.

The federal government this week released a sweeping database showing a one-week average number of COVID-19 patients in hospitals nationwide. It’s the first time the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services provided such detailed information on nearly 5,000 U.S. hospitals since the pandemic began. 

The absence of hospital-level information has been a blind spot in the

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Midwives and doctors at odds over ‘normal’ births in English hospitals

England’s chief inspector of hospitals had expressed concerns earlier this year that there was still a “cultural division” between midwives and doctors regarding “normal” and “interventional” approaches to childbirth.



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In the wake of a devastating report into the maternity services at Shrewsbury and Telford hospitals (SaTH), which found that failures led to the deaths and harming of mothers and babies from 2000 to 2019, families who lost children told the Guardian they fear a culture among some midwives of pushing for so-called “normal” births could be putting babies and mothers at risk.



a sign on the side of a road: A report into maternity services at Shrewsbury and Telford hospitals found that failures led to the deaths and harming of mothers and babies.


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A report into maternity services at Shrewsbury and Telford hospitals found that failures led to the deaths and harming of mothers and babies.

In June West Mercia police launched an investigation into the worst of the cases outlined in Thursday’s emerging findings report, which uncovered a

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