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HEALTH
Pakistan raises vaccine budget to $250 million

ISLAMABAD — Pakistan has increased its funds allocation for purchasing COVID-19 vaccines amid a surge in the coronavirus.

Dr. Nausheen Hamid, parliamentary secretary for National Health Services, says the budget for the vaccines has been enhanced to $250 million. Earlier, the government had set aside $150 million.

Pakistan recorded 3,369 new cases of the virus and 72 new deaths on Saturday.

A surge in the virus comes amid massive disregard by people for precautionary measures despite constant warnings by the authorities.

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HEALTH
US Set For Mass Vaccine Campaign As World Virus Toll Nears 1.6 Million

The Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine was set 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 approached 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

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HEALTH
ACIP votes to recommend Pfizer vaccine for those 16 and older

The vote was 11 in favor, with three members not voting because of conflicts of interest.

“I know we’re going to have very tough and sad times ahead because of the surge and a limited vaccine supply, but I am really hopeful that this is the beginning of the end of the coronavirus pandemic,” said Peter G. Szilagyi, a professor of pediatrics at the University of California at Los Angeles.

The panel’s recommendation is “a hugely important step,” said Nancy Messonnier, director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases.

Beth Bell, a global health expert at the University of Washington who leads the panel’s coronavirus vaccine work group, referred to public concerns about the new vaccine and said she would get a shot when it is her turn and would recommend it for her family. Several members said they would do the same.

While Bell applauded the

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HEALTH
Historic U.S. COVID Vaccine Campaign Launches With Convoy of Trucks | Top News

(Reuters) – Tractor trailers loaded with suitcase-sized containers of COVID-19 vaccine will leave Pfizer Inc’s manufacturing facility in Kalamazoo, Michigan, on Sunday morning – launching the largest and most complex vaccine distribution project in the United States, where the virus is raging.

U.S. regulators late on Friday authorized the vaccine from Pfizer and partner BioNTech for use, and U.S. marshals will accompany the tightly secured shipments from factory to final destination.

“We have spent months strategizing with Operation Warp Speed officials and our healthcare customers on efficient vaccine logistics, and the time has arrived to put the plan into action,” Wes Wheeler, president of UPS Healthcare, said on Saturday.

Pfizer’s dry-ice cooled packages can hold as many as 4,875 doses, and the first leg of their journey will be from Kalamazoo to planes positioned nearby. Workers will load the vaccine – which must be kept at sub-Arctic temperatures – onto

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HEALTH
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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HEALTH
COVID-19 infections spread rapidly as officials race to distribute vaccine

The number of coronavirus infections is spreading at an alarming rate across the nation as the U.S. government  gears up to distribute its first rounds of an approved coronavirus vaccine.

The United States added 1 million coronavirus infections in just four days, bringing the cumulative total of cases to over 16 million on Saturday, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. The country has recorded over 215,000 cases each day since Tuesday, Dec. 8.

In addition, there were 3,309 new deaths on Friday alone, passing the previous record of 3,054 deaths set on Wednesday.

Areas concentrated in Southern California, Arizona, Indiana, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Rhode Island are just some of the states that have seen a substantial increase in coronavirus cases over a 14-day period and have remained elevated, according to The New York Times coronavirus heat map. 

Experts have long warned that cases would surge in the

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HEALTH
U.S. hits 16 million COVID cases even as vaccine begins roll-out

(Reuters) – The United States hit a record 16 million COVID-19 cases on Saturday afternoon, with deaths closing in on the 300,000 mark, even as millions of doses of a new vaccine were expected to start rolling out across the nation on Sunday.

Healthcare workers take part in a rehearsal for the administration of the Pfizer coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine at Indiana University Health in Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S., December 11, 2020. REUTERS/Bryan Woolston

The first vaccine was approved late on Friday by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and is expected to touch off a mass-inoculation campaign of unparalleled dimension to end the pandemic that has upended daily life and devastated the U.S. economy.

“FDA APPROVES PFIZER VACCINE FOR EMERGENCY USE!!!” President Donald Trump announced on Friday night on Twitter. He promised Americans the vaccinations would begin in less than 24 hours.

But U.S. Army General Gustave Perna said on

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HEALTH
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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HEALTH
US Covid-19 cases surpass 16 million as CDC committee votes to recommend Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine

The number of Covid-19 cases reported in the United States reached more than 16 million Saturday after the country added 1 million cases in just four days, according to Johns Hopkins University data.



a person sitting in a plastic bag: Healthcare worker Demetra Ransom comforts a patient in the Covid-19 ward at United Memorial Medical Center in Houston, Texas on December 4, 2020. (Photo by Mark Felix / AFP) (Photo by MARK FELIX/AFP /AFP via Getty Images)


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Healthcare worker Demetra Ransom comforts a patient in the Covid-19 ward at United Memorial Medical Center in Houston, Texas on December 4, 2020. (Photo by Mark Felix / AFP) (Photo by MARK FELIX/AFP /AFP via Getty Images)

It took the nation more than 8-and-a-half months to reach 8 million cases but less than two months to double that, as the number of new cases continues to soar.

The milestone comes as an advisory committee for the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention voted Saturday to recommend the Pfizer and BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine for patients 16 and older, a day after the US once again saw a record number of new cases,

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FDA Gives Guidance on Allergy, Pregnancy Concerns for COVID Vaccine

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has clarified its guidance on administration of the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, stating that it is safe for people with any history of allergies, but not for those who might have a known history of severe allergic reaction to any component of the vaccine.

The warning is included in the FDA’s information sheet for health care providers, but questions are arising as to whether the vaccine — which was authorized for emergency use by the FDA on Friday — should not be given to anyone with a history of allergies.

Sara Oliver, MD, an epidemic intelligence service officer with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported at a December 11 meeting of the agency’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices that two UK health care workers with a history of significant allergic reactions had a reaction to the Pfizer vaccine. A third health

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