First doses of Pfizer could arrive in New York this weekend – CBS New York

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – A vaccine against the coronavirus is about to become reality in the United States. The federal government is preparing to ship nearly 3 million doses of Pfizer vaccine in hopes of emergency approval from the Food and Drug Administration on Thursday.
Governor Andrew Cuomo said the shipments could arrive in the state this weekend and in New York City as early as Tuesday.

This comes because there are concerns that, for now, people with severe allergies should avoid getting the vaccine, CBS2’s Lisa Rozner reported.

If approved, organizations like the Mount Sinai Health System plan to vaccinate about 15% of its staff in the first round.

Just a day after thousands of high-risk people and healthcare workers received the first official cycle of Pfizer’s vaccine, UK health officials issued an urgent warning, claiming two healthcare workers with severe allergies had had allergic reactions after receiving the vaccine. stroke.

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This prompted Moncef Slaoui, the head of Operation Warp Speed ​​in the United States, to say, “Personally, I would exercise caution and avoid vaccinating people with severe allergies.

Yet, with FDA approval pending Thursday, supply in the country will fall short of demand.

Pfizer is one of two drug makers seeking emergency use authorization. Pfizer and Moderna say they will each produce 100 million doses, which, at two doses per person, would only immunize about 30% of the US population of 328 million.

In New York State, the first priority is to vaccinate high-risk residents, hospital staff and nursing homes.

“So people like nurses and doctors, the respiratory therapist who do treatments, and people like environmental service workers,” said Dr. Susan Mashni, vice president and chief pharmacy officer at Mount Sinai. Health System.

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Pfizer says it won’t be able to add additional doses until the summer because other countries have purchased most of their supply, but the New York State Federation of Taxi Drivers is calling the pharmaceutical company to give 30,000 doses.

“We transport those who do not feel symptoms and they are the ones who will infect us,” said the head of the federation Fernando Mateo.

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It is not known when Phase II of vaccine distribution in New York will take place. It will target first responders, school staff and students, as well as essential workers facing the public such as grocery store workers and transit operators.

The two people in the UK who had allergic reactions had EpiPens with them, used them and are doing well.

Currently, experts are advising pregnant women, children under 16 and transplant recipients to avoid the vaccine until further research is done.

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