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The US is waiting impatiently for the vaccine to be distributed 48 hours after approval

Los Angeles (USA), Dec. 9. (EFE) .- The United States is waiting impatiently for the possible approval this Thursday of a vaccine for covid-19, which, if produced, would begin to be distributed 48 hours later, while the situation is pressing in several states, such as California, which is they are left without beds in the Intensive Care Units (ICU). With more than 15 million cases and more than 287,000 deaths in the US, attention will be focused in the next few hours at a meeting that will be held this Thursday by a group of experts from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA, in its initials). in English) to evaluate if it authorizes the coronavirus vaccine from the pharmaceutical company Pfizer and its partner BioNTech. That group of experts, called the FDA Biologics Advisory Committee, will have to determine whether Pfizer’s vaccine receives emergency approval for distribution and, just one week later, on December 17, will have to decide the same about the vaccine. Modern Pharmaceutical serum. 3 MILLION DOSES IN 48 HOURS Before Thursday’s meeting, the FDA considered that Pfizer’s vaccine “is very effective” in preventing covid-19 and that there are no safety problems that prevent it from being granted an authorization for use of emergency. Meanwhile, the US government finalizes preparations for its distribution and plans to deliver 3 million of the first doses nationwide 48 hours after emergency approval. General Gustave Perna, in charge of the logistics distribution operation, said at a telephone press conference on Wednesday that they will first distribute 3 million doses of Pfizer’s vaccine, and 21 days later they will facilitate a second batch. The military head of Operation Warp Speed ​​(faster than light) assured that between 24 and 48 hours the whole country should have simultaneous access to the Pfizer vaccine. The health and emergency personnel, as well as the nursing homes, will be the first to receive the first doses to progressively expand the vaccination campaign to the general population. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate that there are about 21 million people who work as medical personnel and about 100 million adults with high-risk medical histories. CALIFORNIA, AT AN “UNSUSTAINABLE” PACE The US is moving towards the approval of the vaccine, with a critical panorama in several states due to the shortage of beds in ICUs, as is the case in California. Such is the situation in that state that the lack of space in the ICUs has automatically activated a strict confinement order in three regions – Southern California, the San Francisco Bay area and the San Joaquin Valley – whose inhabitants cannot leave from home except in the case of essential activities. With almost half a million infections and more than 8,000 deaths, Los Angeles County, and therefore California, has become the epicenter of the pandemic in the US On average, each Californian with covid-19 is infecting 1 , 23 more people, a trend that has caused the total number of active cases in that state to increase “at an unsustainable rate,” according to the organization “Covid Act Now”, which collaborates with universities such as Stanford, Harvard and Georgetown. “If this trend continues, the hospital system may be overloaded,” they warn on their website. HOSPITAL COLLAPSE The critical situation extends to other states, such as Oklahoma, New Mexico or New Jersey, where hospitals are beginning to have no beds available in their ICUs, indicates an analysis by “Covid Act Now” with data from the Department of Health and Services US Humans Another New York Times study reveals that in El Paso, a Texas border city, hospitals reported last week that only 13 of 400 intensive care beds were vacant, while in Albuquerque, New Mexico, none were available. Additionally, hospitalization figures compiled by the Covid-19 Tracking Project, owned by The Atlantic magazine, show that the number of patients admitted with the virus across the country has doubled since early November in the last month. . And cold winter temperatures are not helping to curb the pandemic either: a CDC alert reminds that “as cold weather approaches, people spend more time indoors and holidays approach”, infections, hospitalizations and deaths in the country continue to grow. Alex Segura Lozano (c) EFE Agency

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