CDC to recommend states give Covid vaccine to anyone 65 and older

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Millions of doses of the Oxford/AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine left the Serum Institute of India's warehouses early Tuesday as the country of 1.3 billion people prepares to rollout the shot.

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said that "the administration in the states has been too narrowly focused".

Most states are still trying to get the vaccine to those in the first phases of the rollout: health care workers, those over age 75 and front-line essential workers, such as firefighters and police officers, as well as teachers, corrections officers, USA postal workers, public transit workers and those whose jobs are essential for the food supply.

As a result, he said, the Trump administration is now asking states to vaccinate people age 65 and over and those under 65 with underlying health conditions that put them at high risk. Operation Warp Speed has been holding back half of the doses in an effort to make sure recipients could receive their second dose. "We've had so much success with quality and predictable manufacturing and nearly flawless distribution of the vaccine, but we have seen now that the administration in the states has been too narrowly focused", he said on "Good Morning America".

"This is just a staging, moving to the next phase on the vaccine program", Azar said.

"We've already distributed more vaccine than we have health care workers and people in nursing homes", Azar said. "Particularly now, it is crucial that states and communities have the resources they need to conduct testing, and to distribute and administer safe, high-quality COVID-19 vaccines safely and equitably".

Each state has its own plan for who should be vaccinated, based on recommendations from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More than 376,000 people have died, according to the Johns Hopkins database.

With its Pfizer-partnered COVID-19 vaccine authorized in the U.S., Europe, the United Kingdom and a slate of other countries, German mRNA specialist BioNTech is wasting no time scaling up its 2021 pandemic ambitions-namely, 2 billion shots by year-end, plus a slate of new approvals and a temperature-stable formulation, too.

Both vaccines require two injections, spaced out over a period of us to 12 weeks, to reach maximum effectiveness.



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