HSE boss Paul Reid described it as a "momentous day" and said "there will be better days ahead for sure". The bloc's drug regulator is to decide on the possible approval of the Moderna vaccine on January 6, and has said that it could receive applications for approval from AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson in the first quarter of next year.
With Ireland's COVID-19 vaccination programme due to start this week, we want to know; do you plan on taking the vaccine once it becomes available? Spain has secured more than 30 million doses, of which it could receive an initial departure of three million this same month of December.
The first target audiences are people over 80 and hospital staff. Public health officials said on December 24 that more than 600,000 people had received the first of two doses of the Pfizer vaccine. But the seven-day moving average of daily new cases, which evens out reporting irregularities, is at around a one-month high. The vaccinations began as the first cases of a new virus variant that has been spreading in the United Kingdom have been detected in France and Spain.
Pfizer had determined its vaccine - which is an mRNA-based treatment - showed a 95% effectiveness rating in the final analysis of the trial to-date. The vaccine is similar to Moderna's vaccine in that they both use messenger RNA and are administered in two doses. That could follow shortly, meaning two vaccines might be available under EUA within the USA before the end of the year.
Dr Hossein Sadrzadeh, a geriatric oncology fellow at Boston Medical Center, said he had a severe reaction nearly immediately after being vaccinated, feeling dizzy and with a racing heart, the NYT reported. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued new guidance on Saturday for those with underlying medical conditions, saying they can receive the COVID-19 vaccine as long as they "have not had a severe allergic reaction to any of the ingredients in the vaccine".
Every additional vaccination meant fewer infections and fewer deaths, he added. Public health authorities in Prince Edward Island are expecting a first shipment of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine before the end of the year. "Tomorrow the first Costa Ricans will be vaccinated", President Carlos Alvarado said at a news conference. FILE PHOTO: Metropolitan Hierotheos of Nafpaktos and Agios Vlasios receives the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine at Evangelismos hospital, ...