Workers will load the vaccine — which must be kept at sub-Arctic temperatures — onto the aircraft that will shuttle them to United Parcel Service or FedEx air cargo hubs in Louisville, Kentucky, and Memphis, Tennessee, respectively.
This is with reference to your report, “World coronavirus death toll nears 1.6 million” (Dec. 13). This is indeed a grim reality. The only silver lining is that inoculations are also starting in the US and Canada.
The call came as the United States, the country worst hit by the virus, kickstarted the biggest vaccination drive in its history by giving the jab to a nurse in New York.
A nurse in New York became the first person in the US to be vaccinated when she received the Pfizer-BioNTech shot live on television.
The members of the Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC) will hold a vote on whether or not to recommend that the FDA issues an emergency use authorisation (EUA).
"The Saudi Food and Drug Authority (SFDA)... has approved the registration of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia," it said in a statement released by the official Saudi Press Agency.
The Gates Foundation's latest contribution, its largest till date, comes on top of the $70 million funding that it added in November. This brings its total commitments to the global pandemic response to $1.75 billion, the foundation said.
This is with reference to your report “COVID-19 vaccine shots are available all across the UAE, find out your nearest vaccination centre” (Dec 10). It is rejoicing to note that UAE has organised assorted centres, for the COVID-19 vaccine.
The US Food and Drug Administration granted an emergency use authorization for the vaccine, developed with German partner BioNTech, which was shown to be 95% effective in preventing the disease in a late-stage trial.