Jimmy Carter joins other ex-presidents encouraging COVID vaccine use
ATLANTA — A day after America witnessed its worst day in coronavirus-related deaths, Jimmy Carter joined three other living former presidents Thursday in encouraging Americans to get a COVID-19 vaccination shot as soon as it becomes available. In a statement, Carter said that he and his wife, Rosalynn, “are in full support of COVID-19 vaccine efforts and encourage everyone who is eligible to get immunized as soon as it becomes available in their communities.” Carter’s office didn’t confirm whether he planned to get the vaccine. Carter is 96 years old. Rosalynn Carter, who is 93, was a staunch ...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Coronavirus vaccine to arrive in Texas week of Dec. 14
AUSTIN, Texas — Roughly 1.4 million Texans will receive the first of two doses of a coronavirus vaccine beginning the week of Dec. 14, Gov. Greg Abbott said Wednesday. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will send the second doses for the same group in January, said Chris Van Deusen, a spokesman for the Texas Department of State Health Services. The two pharmaceutical companies that have applied for emergency use authorization have developed vaccines that require two doses. The Food and Drug Administration is expected to make authorization decisions shortly after holding hearin...
New York expected to receive first batch of 170,000 COVID-19 vaccines by Dec. 15, Cuomo says
Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday that New York expects to get the first 170,000 doses of vaccines by mid-month, but warned the coronavirus pandemic will continue to spread more death, illness and hardship into next year.The governor called the national vaccination effort perhaps the biggest public undertaking since World War II, especially given the suspicions some Americans have about inoculations.“This is going to be an incredibly challenging experience,” Cuomo said.Cuomo said the state is facing a dreadful new “mountain” of COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths. But he did say the com...
New York Daily News
As NY's COVID-19 cases surge, Cuomo calls for vaccine plan that protects undocumented
ALBANY, N.Y. — A day after putting New York hospitals on notice, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the state must brace for a year-end surge in coronavirus cases and voiced concerns about federal vaccination plans.The state reported Tuesday that 4.96% of 146,675 tests results recorded the previous day came back positive, a figure not seen since May, and another 66 New Yorkers died from the virus.“The numbers are going up,” the governor said during a call with reporters. “We expected the numbers to go up. My projection is that the numbers will continue to go up through the holiday season.”Another 242 COVI...
New York Daily News
'We're going to have to vaccinate 5,000 a day just in Detroit' for COVID-19, mayor says
DETROIT — Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan said rolling out the COVID-19 vaccine and making sure every resident gets it will be more difficult than virus testing.“We’re looking now at the reality that when we were testing 1,200 people a day, that was a major undertaking,” Duggan told Margaret Brennon on Sunday on CBS’ “Face the Nation.”“To get the vaccinations out we’re going to have to vaccinate 5,000 a day just in Detroit,” Duggan said. “We haven’t begun as a country to address what it’s going to take to actually inject people with the vaccine.”Pending regulatory approval, Michigan is slated to rec...
The Detroit News
Editorial: The COVID-19 vaccine is a gift from science. Accept it
In three separate announcements in recent weeks, three scientific teams at different pharmaceutical companies have given a weary, frightened world what it needs: a verifiable path to defeat the coronavirus pandemic, end the suffering and start the process of returning life to the normal rhythms of “before.”Imagine again going to work and school, to restaurants and concerts without significant risk of infection. Imagine being able to travel. Imagine hugging family members and friends. We are likely to get there in 2021 because a safe, effective COVID-19 vaccine appears on pace for emergency reg...
Millions of kids are skipping vaccines this year, Blue Cross study finds. 'The US is on the precipice of a severe immunization crisis.'
Millions of American children are skipping vaccines that protect against potentially deadly or disabling illnesses due to concerns about COVID-19, according to a new Blue Cross Blue Shield Association analysis of millions of medical claims.Children are on track to miss an estimated 9 million vaccine doses in 2020, a decrease of 26% for measles compared with 2019, and a decrease of 16% for polio, according to the analysis.That leaves an estimated 88% vaccination rate for measles, less than the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention herd immunity requirement of 93%.“The U.S. is on the precip...
CDC advisory committee discusses who should get first vaccine doses
A key committee that will advise the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on who should get the first doses of COVID-19 vaccine agreed Monday on initial priorities and an ethical framework. But the hourslong meeting of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) demonstrated just how complicated it will be to get the vaccine into the arms of millions of people.First off, the different vaccines in development have different attributes, such as how they work and can be distributed, and it isn’t yet known which products will be approved first by the Food and Drug Admi...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Teens are the youngest volunteers in COVID-19 vaccine trials
SAN JOSE, Calif. — Teenagers won’t be able to get a COVID-19 vaccine when adults do, because there’s not yet proof of safety and efficacy.But teen volunteers such as San Jose’s Allyson Eisenman are bringing it within closer reach, participating in a Kaiser study that could accelerate the vaccine’s potential use in young people.“I really wanted to do what I can help us get out of this” pandemic, said Eisenman,17, “and hopefully get back to what will be the new normal.“I’m not the best with needles,” she confessed. “But it was like any other shot.”Until now, vaccination has focused on adults. Wh...
The Mercury News
Why a coronavirus vaccine might not get things back to normal
SEATTLE — Coronavirus infections are climbing to record highs nationwide. Patients are filling hospitals in some states. Experts fear we’re in for a dark winter.A shot of hope could be coming, as vaccine makers are deep in clinical trials. Governments are stockpiling doses and preparing for efficient delivery of a vaccine, should one be proven safe and effective.But over time, the stiffest challenge when it comes to vaccines may not be creating, approving or distributing them. It might be getting people to take them.Americans’ willingness to be vaccinated dropped over the summer, with about ha...
The Seattle Times