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The first doses of Pfizer/BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccines were administered in the U.K. to a 91-year-old retired shop clerk and an 81-year-old man named William Shakespeare. (AP News)
Vaccinations with the same product could begin in the U.S. as early as Friday, said James Hildreth, a member of the FDA’s vaccines advisory committee. (Business Insider)
And an FDA staff analysis gave passing grades to Pfizer/BioNTech’s vaccine in advance of the committee’s Thursday meeting, according to Reuters. Check back on MedPage Today later today for a detailed report.
But Pfizer said the U.S. won’t get more of the product beyond the original 100-million dose Operation Warp Speed contract until summer, because other countries bought in first. (Washington Post)
Vaccine deliveries in December may not cover all frontline healthcare workers, leading hospitals to consider lotteries to see who will get one first. (Wall Street Journal)
Meanwhile, demand for vaccines in the U.S. is rising, and decisions about who gets one may soon get heated. (Kaiser Health News)
As of Tuesday at 8:00 a.m. EST, the unofficial COVID-19 toll stood at 14,955,024 cases and 283,746 deaths — up 193,292 and 1,401, respectively, since Monday.
Staff at a nursing home attended a 300-person wedding in Washington state, after which six residents at the facility died. (Washington Post)
The South Korean health minister called Seoul a “COVID-19 war zone.” (NPR)
Rebekah Jones, the Florida data scientist who built the state’s COVID-19 dashboard and who claimed to have been fired for refusing to manipulate data, was subject to an armed police raid. (Tallahassee Democrat)
Pfizer and Moderna both declined to attend the White House’s “Vaccine Summit” today. (STAT)
Jane M. Orient, MD, head of the conservative Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, will testify in favor of hydroxychloroquine at a Senate Homeland Security Committee hearing. (New York Times)
Programs such as Head Start that successfully implemented public health interventions stayed open safely for in-person learning. (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report)
Baby-making plans are literally being put on ice during the pandemic. (The Lily)
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