FDA says some Pfizer vaccine vials contain extra doses

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Similar to the Pfizer vaccine, it requires two doses several weeks apart. Without clear approval from the manufacturer, the extra dose had to be discarded.

A coronavirus vaccine is now available in Russian Federation.

An unanswered question is whether the vaccine also prevents people from symptomless infection - but Moderna found a hint that it may.

Canada has secured another agreement for early doses of a promising COVID-19 Vaccine. Second lady Karen Pence and Surgeon General Jerome Adams are expected to be vaccinated as well. She did not provide an interview after receiving her first dose of Pfizer's vaccine.

Officials said logistics companies United Parcel Services Inc and FedEx Corp are developing contingency plans for vaccine deliveries this week in response to forecasts of severe snowstorms in some parts of the United States.

"We will ensure that by whatever mechanism, that we provide them full support to ensure that they can produce for the American people", Azar said.

This comes after the FDA, last week, approved Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use across the country.

A United States panel of experts on Thursday (Dec 17) voted to recommend emergency approval of Moderna's Covid-19 vaccine, paving the way for six million doses to start shipping as soon as this weekend.

Canada administers first doses of COVID-19 vaccine
Dobbs said there should be enough doses to begin immunizing people in long-term care settings this week. More than 299,000 Americans have been killed by the virus, including over 35,000 residents of NY state.

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"For security reasons, I really feel strongly that we should get them vaccinated as soon as we possibly can", he said on Tuesday morning, adding that he would like to see Mr Biden "fully protected as he enters into the presidency in January".

Hillier said the government expects to receive 90,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine from the federal government by December, which officials will send to hospital sites in regions with high infection rates.

"I'm not convinced that for all of those age groups the benefits do actually outweigh the risks", Kurilla said. Pfizer declined the funding.

"Academics have a way of getting involved in details, and what we have done for the last eight or nine hours was to go over the details", Dr. Arnold Monto, an infectious disease specialist and professor of epidemiology at the University of MI, who chairs the panel, said after the vote, quoted by CNN.

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) did not respond to a request for comment. Study participants had their noses swabbed prior to the second dose of either vaccine or placebo. -BioNTech SE vaccine trial are already getting access to the newly authorized shot.

The participants will first be given the opportunity to learn whether they got the vaccine.

The US has purchased 100 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine - enough to inoculate 50 million people - but most of those doses will not be available for months.

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