HN Milan Torres reconstitute a dose of COVID-19 vaccine at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, U.S., December 14, 2020. Manuel Balce Ceneta/Pool via REUTERS

THE NEUTRAL ZONE

Public health workers began receiving the COVID-19 vaccine Monday in an effort to first cover those considered to be at greatest risk of getting the deadly virus. 

The death toll topped 300,000 just as the first wave of the vaccine hit Monday, more than five times the number of Americans killed in Vietnam. The effort begins the largest inoculation effort in U.S. history. Once Moderna Inc.’s vaccine is approved, as expected, 20 million people could be immunized by month’s end.

Given the grim milestone, and the fact that many won’t receive the vaccine for months, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar warned Americans to remain vigilant. “We need you to do that because we want everybody who is here now to be here next year for the holiday season,” Azar said. “Now is not the time to let our guard down. This is not the end of our battle against COVID but today marks a critical milestone in the ultimate defeat of COVID-19.” 

MEDIA PERSPECTIVE

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Vaccine comes too late for the 300,000 US dead – Associated Press – 12/14/2020
When Brittany Palomo was hired as a nurse in March, her parents tried to talk her out of it, fearful of the fast-spreading coronavirus. All the more reason, she told them, to start the career that had been her long-held dream. The pandemic, though, is a nightmare — one that has now claimed 300,000 lives in the U.S. and counting.

The Next Vaccine Challenge: Reassuring Older Americans – New York Times – 12/14/2020
He can barely see or hear, but 95-year-old Frank Bruno lives on his own terms: alone, unafraid and now — thanks to the coronavirus vaccine — “ironclad,” as he describes it.

A guide to who can safely get the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine – STAT – 12/14/2020
Anyone who gets a first dose of the Pfizer vaccine needs to get the Pfizer vaccine for their second shot 21 days later. (Actually, the shot can be given within a 17-day to 21-day window.) The same will be true of the Moderna vaccine, which will likely receive an emergency use authorization later this week.

Canada begins Covid-19 vaccinations, but officials fear supply issues due to global scramble – CNN – 12/14/2020
It may not have been Santa’s sleigh but Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau knows that for most of the country, the UPS flight was nearly as good.

First person to receive COVID-19 vaccine in North Carolina calls experience a ‘moment of hope’ – Fox News – 12/14/2020
“[It’s] just a moment of hope, a moment of a potential change of the course that we’re on with the pandemic right now. I couldn’t be more excited — I feel perfectly fine, I’ve had no issues with the vaccine,” said Dr. Katie Passaretti, the medical director of Infection Prevention at Atrium Health in North Carolina. Passaretti is said to be the first person in the Tar Heel State to receive the vaccine.

INFLUENCER PERSPECTIVE

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