Pfizer’s recent announcement of an effective 90% or more coronavirus vaccine candidate sparked hope among many people, but an Alabama official was also with those who were wary of excitement.
“Even if we find that Pfizer vaccines continue to be in good condition in about three to four weeks, they will continue to analyze the data, and… they continue to show how many people are safe in the months after vaccination? Do you think they are going to be immunized before the end of the year?” Dr. Jeanne Marazzo, director of the Department of Infectious Diseases at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Hospital, said at a recent briefing.
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Pfizer said it hopes to produce up to 50 million doses of vaccine (subject to FDA approval) by the end of this year, and up to 1.3 billion doses in 2021. After authorization, the vaccine will be administered in two divided doses.
Marrazzo’s comments were made before Dr. Anthony Fauci, a leading infectious disease expert in the United States, made comments. Preparing to deploy the vaccine is not “Hey, don’t worry, you’re okay”, but “Don’t stop shooting, the cavalry is coming, but don’t lay down your weapons, you’d better keep fighting because they are not here yet.
Fauci continued: “Help has come, but it hasn’t arrived yet.”
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In a recent call with reporters, Alex Azar, secretary of the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), said that officials “guaranteeed 100 million doses, purchased for $1.95 billion, and Another 500 million doses of choice.”
Azar added: “As Pfizer said, before obtaining FDA authorization, distribution in the United States has begun to increase by about 20 million doses per month, possibly starting in late November.”
Marrazzo said that Pfizer’s discovery may have “huge” potential, but he said that the initial dose supply is not enough to immunize all people with complications or high risks of health care.
She continued: “Pretend that we don’t have a vaccine now.” “Just think of it as a light of hope, a beam of light, at the end of the tunnel, but at the same time, we must work hard to overcome these current unquestioned predictions… Maybe After the holidays, things will get worse.”
Marazo called Pfizer News a “promising development,” but it should not change anyone’s behavior in taking care of themselves or the community during this period.
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Other experts also made similar comments.
“This does not mean a major change in the timing of events,” Dr. Katie Passaretti, Director of Infection Prevention Medicine at Atrium Health Carolina Medical Center, previously told Fox News, adding Tao, this will not change people’s situation. Several other vaccine candidates are currently under development.
Passaretti said: “There is a lot to know about vaccines, but at least the vaccine (with an efficiency of more than 90%) is very important, and it certainly sounds promising.”
Marazozzo made the above comments when the number of coronavirus cases, hospitalizations and deaths in Alabama surged. On Wednesday, the state reported 1,210 hospitalized patients, up from 1,174 on Monday. Marazozzo said that the average daily number of cases in the state for seven days was 1,416, an increase of 13% over the past seven days. The total number of cases reported in Alabama is as high as 206,000, and the death toll exceeds 3,100.
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“I think it’s worth noting that one interesting thing about the state is that these numbers are still happening even when the tests most of us say are not optimal,” Marrazzo said, adding that the On average, the state only conducts about 7,000 tests a day, and she hopes to see more than 10,000.
She said that inadequate testing in Alabama is a complex issue, and concluded that despite the efforts of health officials, perhaps people may not know where to take the test, and asymptomatic cases may not be seeking testing. , And not all tests-such as antigen tests-are reported to the national health department.
Fox News’s Alexandria Hein, Chris Ciaccia and Madeline Farber contributed to this report.
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