For the United States to return to normal in 2021, 75-85% of the population would have to be vaccinated against COVID-19, said Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease specialist.
For Fauci between 75 and 85% of the population will need to be vaccinated to return to normal
According to Fauci, places like Broadway will shine again in the early fall of next year. He also said that if people get vaccinated in the spring as planned, New Yorkers and the entire country could return to normal. The vaccine is expected to be distributed in mid to late December.
“I think that will depend entirely on the acceptance of the vaccines by the people of the country and specifically the people of New York,” said Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases in an interview with WNBC.
The specialist indicated that a return to normal would mean that 75 or 85% of people would need to be vaccinated, and he said that patients with underlying conditions should be the priority.
An article in the New York Times revealed that next Tuesday, December 8, a panel of experts will decide which Americans will be the first to be vaccinated against the Coronavirus.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that health care workers and residents of long-term care facilities should be the first.
Pfizer will send special refrigerators, each containing at least 1,000 doses, directly to locations determined by each state governor. Initially, almost all of those sites will likely be hospitals that have confirmed that they can store shipments below 70 degrees Celsius, as required by Pfizer’s vaccine, or use them quickly.
“U.S. federal officials have said they plan to ship the first 6.4 million doses within 24 hours of FDA approval of the vaccine, and the number each state receives will be based on a formula that considers its adult population,” the NYT said.
How would the vaccine be distributed?
Pfizer and Moderna, the two companies closest to getting their vaccines approved, have estimated that they will have enough to vaccinate no more than 22.5 million Americans by January; meaning that 21 million health care workers would be eligible before anyone else and along with them to vaccinate three million people, mostly seniors, living in nursing homes and long-term care facilities.
“It’s important to remember that everyone who receives a vaccine made by Pfizer or Moderna will need a second shot, three weeks later in the case of Pfizer, and four weeks in the case of Moderna,” recalls the NYT.
The CDC committee hinted last week that it would recommend that the second wave of vaccinees be for the essential workers.
“About 87 million Americans work in food and agriculture, manufacturing, law enforcement, education, transportation, corrections, emergency response, and other sectors. They are at increased risk of exposure to the virus because their jobs prevent them from working from home,” the newspaper said.
“After essential workers, the priority groups that will likely be recommended by the CDC committee are adults with medical conditions that put them at high risk for Coronavirus infection, and people over 65,” it says.
The NYT reminds that each state has a task force composed largely of public health officials. Each state’s top health official and the governor will likely sign off on the final plans.