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Hospitals Prioritize Which Workers Are First for COVID Shots

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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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First U.S. Shots in COVID-19 Vaccine Campaign Coming Monday, Army General Says | Top News

By Michael Erman and Carl O’Donnell

(Reuters) – The first shots in a massive U.S. COVID-19 vaccine campaign will be administered as early as Monday, with Pfizer Inc and partners aiming to start shipments across the hard-hit country on Sunday, an Army general organizing the rollout said.

Healthcare workers and elderly people in long-term care facilities are expected to be the main recipients of the first wave of 2.9 million shots this month, with healthcare worker inoculations as soon as Monday and nursing home residents by the end of next week, U.S. Army General Gustave Perna said on a Saturday press call.

Despite months of preparation, distributing and administering the vaccine to as many as 330 million recipients poses a major logistical challenge, he said. The vaccine has complex shipping requirements and must be stored at -70 Celsius.

“We have a lot of work to do. We are not taking

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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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Left to their Own Devices, People Take On More Risks in Pandemic : Shots

Over the summer in New York City, customers could patronize restaurants by using outdoor sidewalk seating. Physical distancing and masks were encouraged, but at this Brooklyn restaurant in July, few stayed far apart or wore a mask.

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Over the summer in New York City, customers could patronize restaurants by using outdoor sidewalk seating. Physical distancing and masks were encouraged, but at this Brooklyn restaurant in July, few stayed far apart or wore a mask.

Robert Nickelsberg/Getty Images

She’s embarrassed to admit it, but there were moments over the summer when Adriana Kaplan almost forgot about the pandemic. In the beginning, the Philadelphia native had taken the coronavirus very seriously: She had all her groceries delivered and worked her software engineering job from her South Philly home. For the first two months of the pandemic, she barely left the house.

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HHS Head Alex Azar: Feds Eye Monday or Tuesday for First Coronavirus Vaccine Shots | Health News

Officials expect to begin vaccinating Americans against the coronavirus early next week, according to Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar.

“We could see people getting vaccinated Monday, Tuesday of next week,” Azar said on ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Friday.

Azar’s comments come after a Food and Drug Administration advisory committee on Thursday voted in favor of issuing a vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech an emergency use authorization.

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The Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee voted 17-4 with one person abstaining that the benefits of the vaccine outweigh the risks for individuals 16 years of age and older.

FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn said Friday that the agency is “rapidly” working on issuing an emergency use authorization.

“Following yesterday’s positive advisory committee meeting outcome regarding the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has informed the sponsor that it will rapidly work

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