Saturday, July 24

Relieved: US health workers receive first shots of Covid-19 vaccine – Times of India

NEW YORK: The largest vaccination campaign in US history got under way on Monday as healthcare workers started receiving the first doses of Covid-19 vaccine.

“First Vaccine Administered. Congratulations USA! Congratulations WORLD!” President Donald
Trump tweeted.

A nurse in New York City was among the first people to receive the early dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine on Monday morning.

“I feel hopeful today. Relieved,” said critical case nurse Sandra Lindsay after getting a shot in the arm at Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New York.

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“This is the light at the end of the tunnel. But it’s a long tunnel,” New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said as he watched Lindsay’s vaccination via video.

For health care workers who, along with nursing home residents, will be first in line for vaccination, hope is tempered by grief and the sheer exhaustion of months spent battling a
coronavirus that still is surging in the US and around the world.

“This is mile 24 of a marathon. People are fatigued. But we also recognize that this end is in sight,” said Dr Chris Dale of Swedish Health Services in Seattle.

Packed in dry ice to stay at ultra-frozen temperatures, the first of nearly 3 million doses being shipped in staggered batches this week made their way by truck and by plane around the country Sunday from Pfizer’s Kalamazoo, Michigan, factory. Once they arrive at distribution centers, each state directs where the doses go next.

The vaccine, developed by Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech, won emergency-use approval from federal regulators on Friday after it was found to be 95% effective in preventing illness in a large clinical trial.

Under Operation Warp Speed, a total of 636 hospitals and clinics across the states will receive the vaccine this upcoming week.

Up till Monday, the United States had registered 16,286,343 cases and 299,489 deaths from the virus.

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