Thursday, September 3, 2020

CDC tells states to be ready to distribute potential COVID-19 vaccine by Nov. 1; and other C-Virus Updates

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CDC tells states to be ready to distribute potential COVID-19 vaccine by Nov. 1:
The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has told state governors and health officials to be ready to distribute a possible coronavirus vaccine by Nov. 1, reports said Wednesday.
CDC Director Robert Redfield wrote in a letter to the officials last week that the McKesson Corporation — a Texas-based health care company — would soon request permits to build distribution sites, and that the process should be expedited, according to The Hill.
“The normal time required to obtain these permits presents a significant barrier to the success of this urgent public health program,” Redfield wrote, according to The Hill. “CDC urgently requests your assistance in expediting applications for these distribution facilities and, if necessary, asks that you consider waiving requirements that would prevent these facilities from becoming fully operational by November 1, 2020.” --->READ MORE HERE
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U.S. not participating in global COVID-19 vaccine alliance: Report:
The Trump administration is not interested in joining a global alliance of more than 170 countries that is working to ensure that an eventual coronavirus vaccine is distributed equally across the world.
The COVID-19 Vaccine Global Access Facility (COVAX Facility) is looking for commitments from participating nations by mid-September. The point of the project is to pool buying power from many nations and ensure countries get a fair allotment of promising vaccines. It wants to dole out two billions of vaccine by the end of 2021.
Yet the U.S. was turned off by the leading role of the World Health Organization, according to The Washington Post, which first reported the news.
Mr. Trump is sour on the WHO because he feels it was too deferential to China — where the new coronavirus first infected humans — during the early days of the pandemic. --->READ MORE HERE
Follow links below to related stories and resources:

How do I sign up for a COVID-19 vaccine trial? What you need to know

USA TODAY: Coronavirus Updates

WSJ: Coronavirus Live Updates

YAHOO NEWS: Coronavirus Live Updates

NEW YORK POST: Coronavirus The Latest

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