The director of the National Institutes of Health, Dr. Francis Collins told CNBC that “it is very likely” that the US government is shut down to a deal with Pfizer for up to 100 million additional Covid vaccine doses.
“It’s good news that it sounds very likely,” said Collins. “We will have 400 million doses between Pfizer and Moderna until about June or July, but remember these are vaccines that require two doses. “
In a Tuesday night interview on “The News with Shepard Smith” Collins said he was hopeful about the progress of the company Johnson & Johnson and AstraZeneca Covid Vaccines That Could Be Made Quickly On A Scale.
Operation Warp Speed reported that there will be nearly six million doses of the Moderna vaccine in 3,400 locations between Tuesday and Wednesday. More than 4,600,000 Covid vaccine doses have been distributed to healthcare facilities in the United States, and approximately 13% of those doses have been given to patients as per regulations Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Collins pointed out the “logistical challenge” when host Shepard Smith asked him about the differences.
“I think getting that number of doses into a system where the arms start injecting takes a little over a few days, and we’ve only had about ten days since that became possible,” said Collins.
Collins then placed the responsibility on the states, saying that it is their responsibility to figure out how they will administer the vaccines, as per the CDC recommendation of who should go first.
The vaccine news comes from reports of a new, highly contagious variant of Covid in the UK. The United Kingdom. recorded Almost 700 Covid deaths in the past 24 hours, the highest number since the beginning of May. However, Collins said the rapidly spreading variant of Covid should come as no surprise.
“RNA viruses change over time … the original Wuhan virus can’t be found because it found another mutation on the way to New York, and what’s replaced is something more contagious,” said Collins . “That’s how it works.”
Due to the mutations in Covid, Collins said that it is possible that the population will need an updated version of the vaccine in a few years’ time and that the current vaccine “is more like your tetanus shot that requires a booster now and now . ” then, unlike something, you do it once and you’re done. “
The coronavirus pandemic has killed record numbers of Americans on a daily basis and the number is expected to deteriorate due to gatherings over the Christmas vacation. More than 18 million people in the United States have Covid-19, one million more Americans infected than five days ago. according to a CNBC analysis of Johns Hopkins data. In today’s remarks in Wilmington, Delaware, President-elect Joe Biden even warned: “Our darkest days in the fight against Covid are ahead, not behind, so we must prepare.”
Collins said that to fight the spread everyone must take responsibility and try not to be the person who becomes the super-spreader.
“It’s all the more reason why we have to practice wearing masks and keeping our hands apart and washing our hands during these dark weeks, all of the things that people are fed up with but we can’t step back right now,” said Collins.