Fauci apologizes for suggesting UK rushed vaccine decision


America’s top infectious disease expert has apologized for suggesting U.K. authorities rushed their authorization of a COVID-19 vaccine, saying he has “great faith” in the country’s regulators

LONDON — America’s top infectious disease expert has apologized for suggesting U.K. authorities rushed their authorization of a COVID-19 vaccine, saying he has “great faith” in the country’s regulators.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, had sparked controversy with an earlier interview in which he said U.K. regulators hadn’t acted “as carefully” as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Fauci said late Thursday that he meant to say U.S. authorities do things differently than their British counterparts, not better, but his comments weren’t phrased properly.

“I do have great faith in both the

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Russian State Employees Describe Pressure to Join Vaccine Trials | World News


By Polina Ivanova, Rinat Sagdiev, Gleb Stolyarov and Kate Kelland

MOSCOW (Reuters) – In late September, Moscow municipal official Sergei Martyanov sent a series of text messages to his subordinates: “Colleagues!!!… What is this sabotage???”

Martyanov was expressing dismay at his staff’s apparent reluctance to volunteer for the human trials of Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine, named after the Soviet-era satellite that triggered the space race. The official in the Moscow department of city property said many quota spots for his staff to join the trial remained unfilled.

He said he had heard some workers were signing up to receive flu vaccines, making them ineligible for the coronavirus trial.

“Who are you trying to trick???” Martyanov said in the texts. “The coronavirus vaccine is the absolute priority!!!”

Anyone who had received the flu jab, he said, must still sign up for the COVID trial, allowing a month’s delay. He urged

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New Zealand Covid minister urges patience in wait for vaccine approval


New Zealand’s Covid-19 minister has called for patience in the country’s vaccine roll-out programme, saying he was unlikely to follow the UK in using emergency provisions to fast-track approval.



a close up of a box: Photograph: David Levene/The Guardian


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Covid-19 minister Chris Hipkins said: “We are in a slightly different position to other countries who are using emergency provisions to approve the vaccine, and in many cases those countries are doing that because they are suffering hugely from Covid, with thousands of people dying every day.”



New Zealand’s Covid minister said he was working to pre-approve a vaccine by the time doses reached the country’s shores.


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New Zealand’s Covid minister said he was working to pre-approve a vaccine by the time doses reached the country’s shores.

New Zealand faced a different situation, he said, but added: “We are getting ready, getting geared up so that when vaccines arrive in New Zealand they are pre-approved.”

New Zealand experts agree the country, like Australia, can sustain a longer

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UK receives its first batch of Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine


Cars lined up at Dodger Stadium for Covid-19 testing in downtown Los Angeles on December 2.
Cars lined up at Dodger Stadium for Covid-19 testing in downtown Los Angeles on December 2. Mario Tama/Getty Images

Los Angeles County reported an additional 7,854 Covid-19 cases Thursday, breaking the record for the highest number of new cases there since the start of the pandemic for the second time in a week. This brings the total number of cases in the county to 421,881.

Health officials also reported 2,572 people hospitalized with coronavirus in L.A. County, surpassing yesterday’s all-time high of 2,439. If the rate of hospitalizations continues on its current trajectory, the county’s health care system could soon be overwhelmed, officials warned.

“These are the highest numbers we have seen,” said County Health Officer Dr. Muntu Davis. “Actions need to be taken now and on a daily basis.”

County health officials reported 44 new deaths Thursday, raising the number of people who have died due to Covid-19 to

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Pfizer says supply chain challenges contributed to slashed target for COVID-19 vaccine doses in 2020


FILE PHOTO: Vials with a sticker reading, “COVID-19 / Coronavirus vaccine / Injection only” and a medical syringe are seen in front of a displayed Pfizer logo in this illustration taken October 31, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/File Photo

(Reuters) – Challenges in Pfizer Inc’s supply chain for the raw materials used in its COVID-19 vaccine played a role in its decision to slash its 2020 production target, a Pfizer spokeswoman told Reuters.

Pfizer has said in recent weeks that it anticipates producing 50 million doses of its COVID-19 vaccine this year. That is down from an earlier target of 100 million doses. Pfizer’s vaccine relies on a two dose regimen, meaning 50 million doses is enough to inoculate 25 million people.

A company spokeswoman said the “scale-up of the raw material supply chain took longer than expected.” She also cited later-than-expected results from Pfizer’s clinical trial as a reason for the

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New Mexico sets priorities for who gets first vaccine doses


SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s initial batch of 17,500 vaccine doses from drug maker Pfizer is slated to go to medical facilities and long-term care centers with an emphasis on people within those facilities who have high or medium exposure to the virus, the office of Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said Thursday.

States across the country are drafting plans for who will go to the front of the line when the first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine become available later this month, as U.S. deaths from the outbreak eclipsed 3,100 in a single day, obliterating the record set last spring.

New Mexico officials announced a record 44 virus-related daily deaths on Thursday, breaking the previous record of 40 that was set just a day earlier.


Matt Nerzig, a spokesman for the governor’s office, said exact distribution of the vaccine in the first round is being mapped out through

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Global Virus Toll Passes 1.5 Million As Nations Plan For Vaccine


The world passed the grim milestone of 1.5 million global coronavirus deaths on Thursday, as several nations planned to deliver much hoped-for vaccines early next year to break the cycle of lockdowns and restrictions.

But even as the latest positive news about a vaccine was announced, with the Moderna candidate showing it confers immunity for at least three months, several countries marked new Covid-19 records.

Italy registered 993 deaths, topping its previous record of 969 earlier in the year when it was the first European country to be affected by the pandemic.

Daily covid infections per world region since February 2 Daily covid infections per world region since February 2 Photo: AFP / Bertille LAGORCE

Iran, the Middle East’s hardest hit country, passed one million cases even as authorities considered easing restrictions and Britain recorded over 60,000 deaths.

The world’s hardest-hit country, the United States, recorded its highest daily death toll — 2,731 — since March, as the number

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Vaccine rollout could ease crisis, but who gets it first?


Getting a COVID-19 vaccine to the right people could change the course of the pandemic in the United States. But who are the right people?

As the decision looms for President-elect Joe Biden’s incoming administration, a new analysis argues for targeting the first vaccines to the same low-income Black, Hispanic and Native American households that have disproportionately suffered from the coronavirus. But no one at the federal level has committed to the idea, which would be a significant shift from the current population-based method adopted by Operation Warp Speed.

“It’s not just a math problem. It’s a question of implementing a major social justice commitment,” said Harald Schmidt, a medical ethicist at the University of Pennsylvania, who compared the strategies with colleagues from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Boston College. The Associated Press conducted an independent analysis of the findings and worked with the team to estimate how many

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When will you get the COVID vaccine? NYT shows your place in line


As the FDA considers emergency use authorizations for COVID-19 vaccines, the New York Times on Thursday released a calculator showing Americans where they stand in line once a vaccine is approved.

The calculator, developed using the vaccine tool from the Surgo Foundation and Ariadne Labs, works by inputting your age, location, job and health history to come up with your place in line once a COVID-19 vaccine is approved.

For example, healthcare workers — no matter their age, location or health conditions — are at the front of the line for the vaccine. Toward the end of the line are younger, healthier Americans.

Meanwhile, most Alabamians are not expected to get the vaccine until June, according to State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris.

“There’s not enough (of the vaccine) right now, and we hope people can be patient,” he said. “There’s just so much demand at the moment.”

Two vaccines

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Dr. Fauci says UK’s Pfizer Covid vaccine review ‘much less deep’ than U.S.


  • White House coronavirus advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci said the U.K.’s review of Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine was done in a “much less deep” way than would have been done by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
  • He said, “The FDA’s reviews are a “very, very stringent process of literally point-by-point, analyzing the data.”
  • The U.K. authorized Pfizer’s vaccine with BioNtech on Wednesday, becoming the first country to do so.



a man wearing a suit and tie: Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, attends a briefing by the White House coronavirus task force in the Brady press briefing room at the White House in Washington, U.S., November 19, 2020.


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Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, attends a briefing by the White House coronavirus task force in the Brady press briefing room at the White House in Washington, U.S., November 19, 2020.

White House coronavirus advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci criticized the U.K.’s authorization of Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine, saying the review was done in a “much less deep” way than would have been done by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

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