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Dr Stuart Weiss: COVID-19 Update Thursday 10-December-2020

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By Dr. Stuart Weiss, Intelligent Crowd Solutions

Rapid Test Center of New York
Dr. Stuart Weiss, FACEP, FAAP, CBCP

December 10, 2020

CoViD-19 News and Information you can trust.Welcome new readers from the Rapid Test Center.

Topics: First Vaccine is closer to approval

Pfizer Vaccine Recommended for Approval

Today, the Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) met and recommended the emergency use authorization (EUA) of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covis-19 vaccine for use in people older than 16 years old. This recommendation will now go to the FDA and although they aren’t required to follow the recommendations, the agency usually does. The FDA Commissioner previously said that the FDA will move ahead quickly once it receives the recommendations of its advisory committee.

The committee voted on whether the data released so far supports the idea that the benefits of the vaccine outweigh the risks. When the votes were counted, 17 voted yes, 4 voted no and 1 abstained.

Some of the concerns of the committee were around the two anaphylactic allergic reactions in the United Kingdom and the lack of data on pregnant and lactating women. The trials had excluded people with severe allergic reactions to a vaccine. One of the U.K. patients had a history of severe food allergies and the other had a history of a drug allergy. The lack of data on pregnant and lactating women was also raised as these groups were excluded from the trials. This is especially important as many of the healthcare workers in the priority group are women of childbearing age who could be pregnant of breast feeding.

There will be an extensive vaccine safety monitoring program in place which will closely monitor any adverse effects of the vaccine.

The advisory committee also discussed how the vaccines will be ordered and distributed. Vaccines will be ordered through the CDC. Although vaccine may be shipped quickly through the Operation Warp Speed program, it can’t be given until the CDC vaccine advisory group recommends it. This group, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) will meet tomorrow and again on Dec 13th, with a vote on Dec 13th.

The good news is that we are one giant step closer to ending this pandemic.

For the moment, keep using good public health practices and keep your distance. The person next to you probably isn’t getting vaccinated anytime soon.

Stay safe, we will all get through this together.
Be well,
Dr. Stu Weiss
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COVID-19 HEADLINES FOR TODAY
Coronavirus update for December 10, 2020

World Wide Updates

Germany struggles to contain surge in new infections as deaths continue to climb
France says COVID-19 rates still too high to re-open cultural venues
Brazil confirms its first case of Covid-19 reinfection
El Paso reports highest daily total of deaths due to Covid-19
The US is sharing Covid-19 vaccine information with UK and Canada, CDC official says
Saudi Arabia registers Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine for import and local use
North Korea tells WHO it has tested more than 9,000 people and found no virus cases
UK travelers could be banned from EU after January 1 under Covid-19 rules
China flight attendants advised to wear diapers for Covid protection
Indian regulators request more data before approving AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine
Singaporean “cruise to nowhere” passenger re-tests negative for coronavirus after false positive halted voyage
Japan reports record number of new Covid-19 infections
Mexico signs deal for 35 million doses of Chinese Covid-19 vaccine
South Korea to use shipping containers as makeshift hospital rooms to curb bed shortage
Canada approves vaccine as US prepares decision
Germany’s Covid-19 numbers are “rising and that is worrying,” say health officials after record cases
Hackers access Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine documents in cyberattack on European regulator
France to impose nighttime curfew starting Dec. 15 0 no exception except for New Year’s Eve
Canary Islands removed from UK travel corridor list
Israel abandons COVID-19 curfew plan ahead of Hanukkah
Secondary schools in Wales to move online from Monday
Total Cases Worldwide: 70,625,902
Total Deaths Worldwide: 1,586,518
Total Recovered: 49,090,272

US Updates

Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine’s warning will mention people with “history of severe allergic reactions”
Lawyers say New York prisons are dragging their feet releasing eligible inmates amid coronavirus concerns
FDA vaccine advisers worry about UK allergic reactions to Pfizer vaccine
Record number of daily Covid-19 deaths reported in California
McConnell sees no path for bipartisan agreement over 2 main stimulus sticking points, sources say
About 15.5 million US health care workers have direct patient contact, analysis finds
Pence acknowledges US facing “challenging time” in pandemic as it moves closer to getting vaccine
Ellen DeGeneres says she’s tested positive for Covid-19
Covid-19 vaccine trial participants are free to drop out of studies once one is authorized, expert says
1 in 3 US hospitals nationwide topped 90% ICU capacity last week, newly released HHS data reveals
US regulators are on the cusp of authorizing a Covid-19 vaccine
CDC official says Covid-19 cases and deaths are underestimated in the US 
There have been no additional vaccine data sets from Pfizer since Nov. 14, FDA official says
“There is not a safe Christmas party in this country right now,” Biden’s Covid-19 advisory board member says
Moderna starts Phase 2/3 trial of Covid-19 vaccine in US adolescents
CDC now projects up to 362,000 US Covid-19 deaths by January 2
San Francisco could run out of intensive care beds in 17 days, say health officials
A Reno hospital turned its parking garage into a new wing to treat coronavirus patients
Out of hospital, Rudy Giuliani reveals he received COVID drug unavailable to most Americans
Lake Tahoe shutting down to visitors over COVID-19 concerns
New Hampshire House speaker died from COVID, autopsy finds
NYC breaks its record for coronavirus testing
FDA advisory committee meeting resumes with discussion and vote on Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine
Michigan high school students contract COVID-19 while taking SAT after district tells her it’s mandated for graduation
Total US cases: 15,991,334
Total US deaths: 299,174
Total Recovered: 9,308,038
Total Tested in US: 211,061,130
Total cases in CA: 1,469,485
Total deaths in CA: 20,518
Total cases in TX: 1,403,979
Total deaths in TX: 24,030
Total cases in FL: 1,094,697
Total deaths in FL: 19,591
Total cases in IL: 823,531
Total deaths in IL: 14,845
Total cases in NY: 780,629
Total deaths in NY: 35,295
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