COVID-19 New York City: Vaccine Distribution Preparations Underway As Federal Approval Committee Meets

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NEW YORK (WABC) – The federal government’s independent coronavirus vaccine panel meets at 9 a.m. in Maryland, and at 6 p.m. we could find out whether it will approve Pfizer’s COVID vaccine. approval would be delayed for a few days after patients in the UK with a history of severe allergies had a reaction to the vaccine. Regulators will ask questions about this.
Yet hospitals around the world are preparing.

“We are working to put everything in place so that we are ready to go as soon as local and federal authorities give us the green light,” said Dr Ania Wajberg of Mount Sinai Health System.

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At Mount Sinai, they are doing repetitions of vaccines. This is because the vials must be stored in special ultra-cold freezers or locked in dry ice.

Eyewitness News spoke with Anthony Priolo of Armato Ice in the Bronx, whose dry ice will play an important role in keeping super sensitive vaccines cold, as low as 94 degrees below zero.

If the vaccine stays on for too long, it will spoil. So healthcare professionals and providers need to get it right.

“We really want to treat this vaccine like the liquid gold that it is,” said Susan Mashni, vice president of Mount Sinai Pharmacy, “because it’s really the only tool we currently have in our box. tools to cure this disease. ”

“If something isn’t right, it’s not an easy replacement,” said Vivian Leonard of Mount Sinai. “Other times, you know, we’ve had freezers or refrigerators that don’t work. We can replace the drug. In this case, we cannot. ”

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High-risk hospital staff will receive the first shipment of 170,000 doses from New York on Tuesday.

But experts are warning everyone not to let their guard down.

COVID will continue to be a problem, state officials warn, possibly throughout the summer, due to the time it will take to get most people vaccinated.

After today’s meeting, this federal COVID vaccine committee has another meeting scheduled for next week to review approval of the Moderna vaccine.

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