Lithuania opts for extra doses of Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine

Modesto Morganelli
Gennaio 14, 2021

Now states are urged to vaccinate anyone over 65 as well.

"Around 3 lakh frontline healthcare workers will be inoculated at 2,934 sites across the country on the first day of January 16", a source said.

The milestone came as the United States set a new record for coronavirus deaths in one day, with 4,336 fatalities on Tuesday, according to a Reuters tally.

The World Health Organization has said waiting up to six weeks is acceptable, and several countries are doing this or are looking at the idea as desperate health regions try to get vaccines into as many people as possible, even if it's just one dose.

The first shipment of vaccine doses arrived in Quebec on December 13, and Canada's vaccination program formally began soon after with the first vaccinations in Ontario and Quebec.

Dr. Mylene Drouin, Montreal's director of public health, said Wednesday that authorities were looking at the cases identified at Maimonides as well as at St-Antoine long-term care home in Quebec City - the other location to receive the first vaccines in the province.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the federal government has reached a deal with Pfizer to buy an extra 20 million doses of the vaccine it produced with its German partner BioNTech. California and NY have both pledged to inoculate one million residents this month.

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It's not that we can't get shots in arms, it's that there aren't enough shots to give because the federal government doesn't have them.

Stoffels said the interim data, combined with monkey studies published in the summer showing strong protection against disease and transmission after a single dose, increased his confidence in the vaccine.

At the Javits Center in Manhattan, which was pressed into service as a temporary hospital in April, health officials said they were prepared to vaccinate 10,000 people in 12 hours, with the ability to ramp up to 25,000 in a 24-hour period.

Having our Covid-19 vaccine authorised in Switzerland is an important milestone for us. A total of 22.7 million have been infected during that time.

California, the nation's most populous state, has seen new hospitalizations drop this week, according to health officials.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration requires at least two months of safety data on half of the study participants to ensure no unexpected side effects crop up, as well as data on specific populations such as the elderly.

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