Seven million Americans have received their third covid vaccine
Some seven million Americans have received their third dose against covid-19, including three million people in the last week, while infections begin to decline in the country, the White House reported on Wednesday. The coordinator of the response of the US Government to the pandemic, Jeff Zients, considered, in a press conference, that these figures show “a very strong start” of the program to distribute the third dose of vaccine. “Importantly, in less than three weeks, more than one in three older adults who can get the vaccine have already done so, so our program is off to a very strong start and continues to accelerate,” Zients said.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) approved on September 24 the third dose of the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine for those over 65 and people at risk. In fact, Pfizer / BioNTech’s is the only vaccine that is fully approved for use by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), as the other two available, Moderna’s. and Johnson & Johnson, have emergency authorization. Regarding this situation, Zients said that the Government is waiting for the FDA to approve the third dose of the other two laboratories to expand its distribution. “We have the vaccine supply and we will be ready to start when any additional vaccines are authorized,” said the expert. Zients also explained that 77% of Americans who are of vaccine age have received at least one dose. Yet 66 million Americans, not counting children under the age of 12, are not yet vaccinated. (Eph)