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Bill de Blasio, Mayor of New York City. ARCHIVE
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NEW YORK.- The New York Mayor Bill de Blasio confirmed this Tuesday that the first shipments of the vaccine against COVID-19They will arrive in town next week.
“I think there has been such an intense worldwide effort to create this vaccine and so much scrutiny to make sure it is done correctly. They would not allow a vaccine to advance if they did not have confidence in it and it had been approved on multiple levels, ”de Blasio said when asked about people’s reluctance to receive the vaccine.
According to a new data report published by the Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the vaccine begins to protect against the virus only 10 days after the first dose.
Meanwhile, Dr. Jay Varma, senior public health adviser for the mayor’s office, said there is nothing in the vaccine that is dangerous, but acknowledges that getting people to trust and get vaccinated could be challenging.
“The more we can help people understand science, the more hope we have that it will have a big impact,” Varma said.
According Pfizer Y BioNTech, the two-dose vaccine has a 95% efficacy rate after receiving both doses three weeks apart, however, “strong protection” has been observed 10 days after the initial dose.
According to the New York Times, on Thursday, the FDA’s vaccine advisory panel will meet to discuss the findings of the data reports before voting on whether to recommend authorization.
Data from a large-scale trial consisting of 44,000 and which has been underway since July in the United States, Brazil Y Argentina, show that new positive cases of COVID-19 decreased in the participants who were vaccinated.
Restaurant licenses suspended for “egregious violations”
Authorities suspended liquor licenses to nearly 36 bars and restaurants across the state for “egregious violations” of executive orders related to the pandemic.
The announcement of the sanctions was revealed by the Governor Andrew Cuomor, bringing the total number of liquor licenses suspended during the coronavirus pandemic to 279. In total, 1,867 charges have been filed against bars and restaurants for violating rules designed to stop the spread and keep New Yorkers safe.
“New York still has one of the lowest infection rates in the country and that is a testament to the toughness and unity of New Yorkers who do everything possible to limit the spread. Unfortunately, however, some establishments have continued to ignore the rules, putting their customers, as well as their community as a whole, at high risk, ”Governor Cuomo said.
Companies that violate COVID-19 regulations face fines of up to $ 10,000 per violation, while those deemed “egregious violations” can result in immediate suspension of a bar or restaurant’s liquor license.
“If we let our guard down and ignore basic public health rules, this winter could be one of the darkest periods in this pandemic and we simply cannot allow that to happen. We know that the vaccine is on its way, we know that there is light at the end of the tunnel, but if we let ourselves go and become undisciplined, it will take us even longer to get there, “added the governor.
For his part, President of the State Alcoholic Beverage Authority, Vincent Bradley, stressed that as you move towards colder weather and you need to stay indoors, it is imperative that businesses adhere to statewide standards.
“New Yorkers should continue to wear masks, practice social distancing, and follow life-saving protocols to keep us all healthy,” Bradley said.