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Huntsville Hospital: COVID vaccinations start Wednesday

COVID-19 vaccinations for frontline health care employees in north Alabama will start Wednesday morning and also be made available to physicians’ offices and emergency medical responders, a Huntsville Hospital spokesman said Monday.

The hospital is expecting 6,825 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine to arrive Tuesday, hospital Senior Vice President Tracy Doughty said.

Another dose will be required in 21 days for full inoculation. The first-round doses are coming from the state, which is also holding the follow-up doses until they are needed. According to other AL.com reporting, half of the first doses will be allocated to hospital health care workers, 15 percent for EMS workers, 15 percent for physician offices, and 20 percent for other hospital staff.

Doughty briefed reporters late Monday on Huntsville’s plan. As a example of early vaccinations, Doughty cited the staff at the hospital’s Fever and Flu Clinic, which has been testing people for the virus

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States ready for first Covid-19 vaccinations as America nears 300,000 deaths

Eleven months after the earliest recorded case of coronavirus in the United States, medical workers are preparing to give the first doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine, with deliveries set to arrive at administration sites from around 8 a.m. ET Monday.



a group of people standing in front of a store: LOUISVILLE, KY - DECEMBER 13: UPS employees move one of two shipping containers containing the first shipments of the Pfizer and BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine inside a sorting facility at UPS Worldport on December 13, 2020 in Louisville, Kentucky. The flight originated in Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Michael Clevenger - Pool/Getty Images)


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LOUISVILLE, KY – DECEMBER 13: UPS employees move one of two shipping containers containing the first shipments of the Pfizer and BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine inside a sorting facility at UPS Worldport on December 13, 2020 in Louisville, Kentucky. The flight originated in Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Michael Clevenger – Pool/Getty Images)

Thousands of vials of the vaccine were collected for distribution across the country Sunday after it passed its last regulatory hurdle.

“We expect 145 sites across all the states to receive vaccine on Monday, another 425 sites on Tuesday, and the final 66 sites on Wednesday, which will complete the initial

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US Set For Mass Vaccinations As World Virus Deaths Top 1.6 Million

The Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine was to begin leaving the company’s Michigan factory on Sunday, ready to be injected into the arms of millions of the most vulnerable Americans as the global death toll topped 1.6 million.

Doses will be shipped out in boxes containing dry ice that are capable of staying at -70 degrees Celsius (-94 degrees Fahrenheit), the frigid temperature needed to preserve the drug.

A woman walks past a costume rental store, with Santa Claus outfits outside, on December 10, 2020 in Paris as France is on a second lockdown in a bid to contain the spread of Covid-19 pandemic caused by the novel coronavirus A woman walks past a costume rental store, with Santa Claus outfits outside, on December 10, 2020 in Paris as France is on a second lockdown in a bid to contain the spread of Covid-19 pandemic caused by the novel coronavirus Photo: AFP / JOEL SAGET

General Gus Perna, who is overseeing the massive logistical operation as part of the government’s Operation Warp Speed, likened the moment to D-Day, a turning point of World War II.

“I am absolutely 100 percent confident that we

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US public to receive Covid vaccinations on Monday

The US public will start receiving the Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine from Monday after it was authorised for emergency use, officials say.

The first doses of the vaccine were being shipped “across all states” over the weekend, said Gen Gustave Perna, the official in charge of distribution.

The vaccine offers up to 95% protection against Covid-19 and was deemed safe by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

The FDA said its approval for use was a “significant milestone” in the crisis.

The US agency authorised the emergency use of the Pfizer/BioNTech on Friday, after coming under intense pressure from the Trump administration to do so.

During a news conference on Saturday, Gen Perna – speaking for the government’s vaccination campaign Operation Warp Speed – said doses of the vaccine were being packed into shipping containers for transportation “within the next 24 hours”.

“Expect 145 sites across the states to receive the

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Canada sees COVID-19 contagion heading into Christmas as first vaccinations loom

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canada’s second wave of the novel coronavirus is worsening as the holidays approach and some areas are imposing stricter restrictions, authorities said on Friday, with the first vaccinations due next week.

FILE PHOTO: Paramedics transport a patient to Mount Sinai Hospital as the city enters the first day of a renewed coronavirus disease (COVID-19) lockdown due to a case numbers spike in Toronto, Ontario, Canada November 23, 2020. REUTERS/Carlos Osorio

Although many of the 10 provinces have already clamped down on businesses and limited gatherings as numbers continue to spike, chief public health officer Theresa Tam said more action was needed to reduce pressure on the healthcare system as hospitalizations soar.

“The current daily case count far exceeds the peak of the first wave … There is little indication that this upward trajectory will change without further intensifying public health measures,” she

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