WILMINGTON (AP) – President-elect Joe Biden on Monday welcomed news of a promising development of a coronavirus vaccine but warned Americans to be active in masking and staying away. As social infections continue to rise across the country.
The Democratic Party’s transition team has also revealed members of Biden’s coronavirus working group tasked with developing his administration’s pandemic response – something Mr. Biden says he wants to bring out as soon as possible. took office in January.
When Biden revealed his coronavirus advisory board ̵1; led by former surgeon Dr. Vivek Murthy, former Food and Drug Administration Commissioner David Kessler and public health specialist at Yale University, Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith – Pfizer has published promising results from a vaccine trial.
The company that developed the vaccine with German pharmaceutical maker BioNTech, said it was on its way to filing an emergency application with US regulators later this month.
“Even if that is achieved, and some Americans are vaccinated by the end of the year, there will be many months to go before widespread vaccination in this country,” Biden said in a statement, simultaneously Vaccine does not change the “emergency reality” that Americans will have to rely on for concealment, gap adjustment and other mitigation measures in the coming months.
Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris are scheduled to receive a brief meeting from the newly formed advisory committee on Monday morning and Biden is scheduled to give a pandemic address after the meeting.
While Biden greeted the news with cautious optimism, President Donald Trump took to Twitter to herald the moment with all the excitement: “THE STOCK MARKET IS BIGGER, VACCINE IS COMING SOON. REPORTING PERFORMANCE 90%. GREAT NEWS! “
An interim analysis of the Pfizer vaccine, from an independent data monitoring panel, looked at 94 infections recorded so far in a study that attracted nearly 44,000 people in the US and five countries. other family.
Pfizer said an early look at its vaccine data suggests the injections could be 90% effective at preventing COVID-19, suggesting the company is following up later this month to apply. Emergency use with US regulators.
Throughout his campaign, Trump has said that the country – even as infection rates have risen to record highs – are rounding the corner of the coronavirus and that a vaccine is coming. Vice President Mike Pence is scheduled to hold a meeting of the White House anti-virus task force on Monday. Pence in a tweet titled Pfizer’s reported progress “GREAT NEWS”.
The White House task force, which includes the federal government’s leading infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, has eased in recent months as Trump has grown impatient that efforts to slow down Withdrawal is having a serious impact on the economy.
After declaring victory on Saturday, Biden quickly switched from a fierce campaign battle to pandemic control That affected the world’s most powerful nation more difficult than any other nation.
Biden announced that members of his advisory board will develop a blueprint to combat the pandemic. It includes doctors and scientists who have served in governments in the past, many of whom are specialists in public health, vaccines and infectious diseases.
Notable among the members was Rick Bright, a vaccine specialist and former head of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Agency. He filed a complaint alleging that he was reassigned to a lower job because he resisted political pressure to allow the widespread use of hydroxychloroquine, a malaria drug pushed by Trump as a method of conditioning. of COVID-19.
Other members include Dr. Luciana Borio, who previously held senior leadership positions at the FDA and the National Security Council in the Obama and Trump administrations; Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, who served as special adviser to health policy in the Obama administration; Dr. Atul Gawande, senior adviser to the Department of Health and Human Services within the Clinton administration and medical writer; and Dr. Michael Osterholm, an epidemiologist who served as an advisor to Secretary of Health and Human Services Tommy Thompson in the George W. Bush administration.
Public health officials warn that the country is entering its worst period for COVID-19 as winter starts and the holiday season approaches, increasing the risk of rapid transmission as Americans travel. Travel, shop and celebrate with loved ones.
“The next two months will be difficult and difficult months,” said Dr. Albert Ko, infectious disease specialist and dean of the department at Yale School of Public Health. “We could see another 100,000 deaths in January.”
The United States currently has an average of more than 100,000 new coronavirus infections per day, regularly breaking records for the number of cases per day. Hospitals in some states are running out of space and staff, and the death toll is skyrocketing. To date, the US has recorded more than 9.8 million infections and more than 237,000 deaths from COVID-19.
Biden is committed throughout the campaign to provide a free and widely available trial; hiring thousands of health care workers to help implement contact tracking programs; and instruct the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to provide clear, expert-informed guidance, among other recommendations.
He also got Trump to handle the pandemic wrong the focus of your campaign. But much of what Biden has proposed will be taken into action by Congress and he will certainly face challenges in a tightly divided House and Senate.
Establishing some consensus with state leaders on the national response, including the nationwide masking mission, should be a top priority, she said. Opposition to the mask remains a difficult issue, especially in some of the most impacted states.
“Each state is acting quite autonomously on its own policies, and we have seen how that plays out,” said the Yale expert. “This disease needs national and global responses.”
In his first statement as president-elect, on Saturday, Biden said his COVID-19 task force would create a plan “built on science” and ” built from compassion, empathy and concern. “
There is also hope in the broader medical community that a Biden presidency will help restore US leadership over global public health challenges, including development and dispense vaccine when it becomes available.
Dr. Soumya Swaminathan, chief scientist at the World Health Organization, said she was more optimistic that the Biden administration would join Covax, a WHO-led project aimed at helping vaccines roll out for the poor. most in the world, whether they live rich or poor. Nation.
“Everybody realizes that for a pandemic, you can’t take a country-by-country approach. You need a global approach, ”says Swaminathan.
But in Kansas, one of the states that has seen a dramatic increase in viral infections in recent weeks, at least one hospital official remains skeptical of what a new president could do to overturn. the situation of the epidemic in America.
“I think the damage is done,” said Kris Mathews, manager of Decatur Health, a small hospital in the northwestern countryside of the state. “People have decided on how they react to it.”
Marcelo reports from Boston and Madhani from Chicago. Writers from the Associated Press, Heather Hollingsworth in Kansas, Alexandra Jaffe and Thomas Strong in Washington, and Jamey Keaten in Geneva contributed to this story.