Members of an advisory committee from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will determine on Tuesday who should get vaccinated against coronavirus first once the vaccine receives final approval.
CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices wants to inform the public of its recommendation before the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announces a decision, it told Tuesday. CNN the president of the committee, Dr. José Romero.
The FDA you are considering an emergency request from Pfizer to authorize the use of your vaccine. Moderna said Monday that it will also request authorization for the emergency use of its vaccine.
The CDC has already recommended that front-line healthcare workers and support personnel receive the first doses. He also noted that residents of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities should be among the first to receive vaccinations.
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Hours after Moderna’s announcement, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said the agency would announce its decision up to a week after deciding on Pfizer’s application.
Dr. Larry Corey of the University of Washington, who directs clinical trials of vaccines in the US, has said that once the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are approved, 50 million doses could be produced in January.
The advisory committee meets a day after nearly 139,000 new coronavirus cases and 826 deaths were reported in the country, according to Johns Hopkins University.
As in previous months, the United States continues to lead the world in coronavirus infections, with more than 13.5 million of the world’s 63.3 million cases. More than 268,000 people have died from COVID-19 in the United States, more than in any other country, according to Johns Hopkins University, which reports 1.47 million deaths worldwide.
The situation in the rest of the world
In Europe, which is also experiencing an increase in coronavirus infections and deaths, BioNTech and Moderna have applied to the European Union for approval of their vaccines, the EU announced on Tuesday. European officials are expected to decide on at least one of the vaccines by the end of December.
BioNTech has already submitted several similar applications to the FDA. Its vaccine is under review in Australia, Canada, Japan, and other countries.
Since it began nearly a year ago, the coronavirus pandemic has dramatically increased the number of people living in extreme poverty, according to the United Nations.
The UN said in its annual humanitarian report that 235 million people, or one in 33 people, will not be able to meet basic needs such as food, water and sanitation in 2021, a 40% increase over this year.
The agency’s recent report concluded that the greatest need for humanitarian assistance next year will be found in Afghanistan, Syria, Yemen, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Ethiopia.
In 2020, the UN contributed a record $ 17 billion to humanitarian response around the world, according to the report.