FILE PHOTO: Vials with a sticker reading, “COVID-19 / Coronavirus vaccine / Injection only” and a medical syringe are seen in front of a displayed Pfizer logo in this illustration taken October 31, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/File Photo

THE NEUTRAL ZONE

As medical officials pleaded with the public “not to share your air” this Christmas, Pfizer signed another $2 billion deal that will bring an additional 100 million more doses of the vaccine to the U.S. Pfizer will deliver 70 million of the doses by June and the rest by July. 

That means there’s enough Pfizer vaccine to protect 100 million Americans by August. The government also has an option to purchase an additional 400 million doses. Federal officials noted that the total amount, coupled with the Moderna vaccine that began to go into arms Monday, means the entire U.S. could be vaccinated by the end of the summer. 

“This new federal purchase can give Americans even more confidence that we will have enough supply to vaccinate every American who wants it by June 2021,” said Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar. 

A Centers for Disease Control Advisory Committee recommended that nursing home residents and health care workers get the vaccine first, but after that it gets stickier, as essential workers are next in January or February and industries scramble to get their employees on that list. Roughly 30 million will be on that list, with another 57 million to follow. 

MEDIA PERSPECTIVE

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Will Pregnant & Breastfeeding People Recieve The Coronavirus Vaccine? – Forbes – 12/23/2020
However, clinical trials for the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine didn’t include pregnant or breastfeeding people, and it’s called into question whether these groups will be able to receive the vaccine. 

Vatican OKs Receiving COVID-19 Vaccines, Even If Research Involved Fetal Tissue – NPR – 12/21/2020
The Vatican says that it’s “morally acceptable” to receive a vaccination for COVID-19, even if the vaccine’s research or production involved using cell lines derived from aborted fetuses, given the “grave danger” of the pandemic.

Covid Antibody Drugs Go Unused as Need Soars – New York Times – 12/23/2020
In a surprising turn of events, the treatments are sitting unused in hospital refrigerators around the country, just when they might do the most to help patients and relieve the burden on overwhelmed hospitals as cases and deaths surge to record levels.

A season of fear, not cheer, as virus changes Christmas – Associated Press – 12/23/2020
In Brazil, which has the world’s second-highest virus death toll after the United States, Francisco Paulo made a similar decision to skip a visit to his elderly mother in Sao Jose do Belmonte, in Pernambuco state. The 53-year-old doorman will work the holiday instead at a building in Sao Paulo. “Now I’m hoping to drive there (to Pernambuco) in May, and crossing my fingers that she’ll be vaccinated by then,” Paulo said. 

Covid-19 vaccines are safe. That doesn’t mean no side effects – STAT – 12/23/2020
We know from recently completed clinical trials of the Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna vaccines for Covid-19 that serious reactions are rare. And as these vaccines are deployed to millions, we will gain even greater confidence in their safety and effectiveness via post-marketing studies.

Inside the $250 million effort to convince Americans the coronavirus vaccines are safe – CBS News – 12/23/2020
The federal official in charge of a $250 million marketing blitz to build trust in the coronavirus vaccines’ safety says the campaign will forego trying to convince so-called “anti-vaxxers.” Instead, it will focus on swaying those who are simply unsure about the new coronavirus inoculations.

INFLUENCER PERSPECTIVE

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