COVID-19 vaccine's protection against virus outweighs potential allergy risk, expert says


It is the first Covid-19 vaccine authorized in the United States.

Health Canada warned Saturday that people allergic to ingredients in the COVID-19 vaccine should forego getting the shots, days before inoculations are scheduled to begin in this country. The vaccines will be distributed to the provinces on a per capita basis.

The two shipping companies said that they had put plans, which they had been working for months, into action after the coronavirus vaccine received emergency use authorisation, reported The New York Times.

Shipping companies UPS and FedEx will deliver the vaccine to almost 150 state locations, Gustave Perna, chief operating officer of President Donald Trump's administration's Operation Warp Speed, was quoted as saying. "It is the foundation for all future deliveries". Then, on Tuesday, more shipments of vaccines will be sent to 425 different areas, then 66 areas on Wednesday. The agreement for an additional 100 million doses takes the total bought by the 200 million.

A similar number of shots will be held back for those recipients´ second dose, which is needed for full protection from COVID-19.

"Given the sort of information flow and what we know about the supply, which is very little at this time, and the dates for when the next vaccine would arrive, which is zero, and those kinds of things, we decided it is better to err on the side of caution in the smaller case", Hillier said during a press conference on Friday.

This comes after the FDA authorized Pfizer's Covid-19 vaccine for emergency use on Friday for the prevention of coronavirus disease in individuals 16 years of age and older.

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The rollout of the Pfizer shot "is a significant milestone in battling this devastating pandemic", Commissioner Stephen Hahn said in a statement, praising his agency's "transparent and open review" of the company's safety and efficacy data.

Remainder of Phase 1: In early 2021, those who work in high-risk and critical infrastructure industries such as food processing, utilities, education, police and fire, those who work and live in congregate settings such as correctional facilities and homeless shelters, as well as those with certain underlying health conditions, and are aged 65 and older are likely to receive the vaccine.

The decision to approve capped a day of drama after it was widely reported in the United States media that the White House had threatened to fire the FDA chief Stephen Hahn if he did not issue the approval on Friday. Hahn called media reports of the account "inaccurate;" the exchange was first reported by The Washington Post and confirmed by multiple media outlets, including POLITICO. But, they said most Americans with allergies should be safe to receive this particular vaccine.

States will decide who receives the first doses of the vaccine, though health workers and nursing home residents are seen as the priority.

"I have heard from colleagues in hospital that health care workers and nurses are unwilling to be vaccinated because it will affect their fertility and other myths", Carol Hayes, an advanced practice nurse at Planned Parenthood Southeast representing American College of Nurse Midwives, said at Saturday's ACIP meeting. This was followed by the national expert group on vaccine administration, which was set up in August to prioritize population groups for vaccination and give guidance on procurement, inventory management and delivery, among other tasks.

On Thursday, the FDA's independent advisory committee discussed when participants in the trial who received a placebo vaccine should be able to get the real shots - a hard decision amid record-breaking coronavirus case counts.

The FDA said the totality of the available data provides clear evidence that Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine may be effective in preventing COVID-19.

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