Members of Operation Warp Speed on Tuesday recommended that countries should expand access to Covid-19 vaccines to everyone 65 and older, as well as any adult with an underlying health condition that may increase the risk of Covid-19 complications. .
The guidelines aim to speed up the distribution of vaccines by making more people immediately eligible for vaccination, as well as expanding potential sites where people can receive them. Of the more than 25 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine delivered nationwide, fewer than 9 million rounds had been placed in the arms of Americans as of Tuesday, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“Each vaccine dose is placed in a warehouse instead of inserting an arm that could mean the loss of another life,” said Minister of Health and Human Services, Alex Azar, during a media briefing on Tuesday, as he and other administration officials announced the recommendations.
Most states still try to provide the vaccine to those in the recommended early stages of application initiation: health care workers, those over the age of 75 and primary frontline workers, such as firefighters and police officers, as well as teachers, corrections officers, and state postal workers. United, public transport workers and those whose jobs are essential to the food supply.
Countries will not be required to follow the guidelines. at Message On Monday, Kentucky Governor Andy Becher, director of the CDC, Dr. Robert Redfield, wrote that the recommendations “should not be construed as regulation,” and that the directives “are intended to be flexible and adaptive.”
Dr Lena Wayne, an emergency physician and former health commissioner in Baltimore, commended the new efforts. “These are precisely the right steps that we need at this stage to better match supply and demand,” said Wen.
Download NBC News app To get the latest news about Coronavirus
Last week, President-elect Joseph Biden announced that his administration intends to release all available doses Coronavirus vaccines To the states.
Operation Warp Speed had previously discontinued half the doses in an effort to ensure recipients could receive their second dose. Both vaccines currently in use require two doses, three to four weeks apart, for maximum effectiveness. Azar said that the administration will now release all available doses, adding that “the approach continues to ensure the availability of a second dose.”
He predicted that within a week to 10 days, up to a million vaccines could be given each day. Operation Warp Speed officials had previously confirmed that 50 million people would be vaccinated by the end of January.
The two vaccines currently available in the United States are from Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech. A third vaccine made Johnson & Johnson In the late stage clinical trials. On Tuesday, the chief scientific advisor to Warp Speed, Moncef El-Salawi, said that Johnson & Johnson is on track to present results by the end of January, and could obtain permission for emergency use by mid-February.