COVID-19 Vaccine Shipments Begin in Historic US Effort

COVID-19 Vaccine Shipments Begin in Historic US Effort

Later this month, Morocco says it plans to implement an ambitious COVID-19 immunization program using the Sinopharm vaccine.

Leading Western competitors, like the vaccine made by Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech, use newer, less-proven technology to target the coronavirus's spike protein using RNA.

India is gearing up with 28,947 cold chain points and 85,643 pieces of equipment across the country that are capable of storing vaccines needed for the first set of 3 crore health and frontline workers.

Although a vaccine produced by Oxford University was widely discussed in the past, the new vaccine produced by USA and German developers - Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine - is the first to show any results.

Health-care workers at Maimonides will be vaccinated next, and then the remaining doses will go to health-care workers at other long-term care homes, Dupuis said. There are about 21 million healthcare workers in the USA and three million nursing home residents.

In July, the Gulf Arab state started Phase III clinical trials of the vaccine, developed by Beijing Institute of Biological Product, a unit of Sinopharm's China National Biotec Group (CNBG). After this, vaccines will be given to those below 50 years of age who are suffering from a chronic critical illness (1 crore) (for a total of 30 crore people in phase-1 planning), according to the health ministry's plan.

The EU, United States, Britain, Canada, Japan, Switzerland, Australia, Hong Kong, Macau, New Zealand, Israel and Kuwait have acquired 53 percent of these potential doses - with Canada buying enough to vaccinate its population five times over, Oxfam said.

There will be no out-of-pocket costs to individuals for the vaccine, however, healthcare providers may bill insurance for administrative costs.

The first vaccine kits are expected to be delivered to MI clinics and hospitals next week.

The UAE said as of Tuesday there were 8,260 confirmed new COVID-19 cases in the country.

Separately, Kuwait has granted emergency use for the Pfizer vaccine. The company dosed the first adolescents Thursday.

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