Governors applaud Biden’s vaccine timeline, but need supply
READ: US tops 100M doses of COVID-19 vaccine in armsAlaska, meanwhile, is already allowing everyone to sign up for a shot. Ron DeSantis said before Biden spoke Thursday night that all adults could be eligible by next month, while Colorado Gov. AdBut several governors cautioned it must come with a dramatic increase in vaccine supply. Now, an average of 2.2 million doses are being administered per day. California is dedicating at least 40% of its vaccine doses to people in roughly 400 low-income ZIP codes.
Local 4 assignment desk editor reflects on his time in vaccine trial
Nov. 18, 2020: Local 4 assignment editor shares experience with COVID-19 vaccine trialLocal 4 assignment editor Matt Triplett said he wanted to do everything he could to help end the pandemic and get us back to a more normal life. “I talked to several people I trust and this is just the right thing to do.”AdWhile most of the world has watched and waited for a vaccine, Triplett decided to help make it happen. After researching various trials, he signed up for a Pfizer vaccine study without hesitation. AdOn Feb. 3, he received his second dose of the Pfizer vaccine. “If you get your chance, please go get the vaccine,” Triplett said.
Pfizer releases data that FDA will be relying on to make decision about granting an emergency use authorization
DETROIT – The data from vaccine-maker Pfizer that the Food and Drug Administration will be relying on to make a decision about an Emergency Use Authorization this Thursday was made public on Tuesday. The 92-page document and the FDA’s 53-page briefing document are full of details on who received the vaccine and how effective it was. The summary lays out the demographics for the nearly 38,000 study participants, half of which received the vaccine and half of which receive a placebo. Two doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine are administered 21 days apart. The primary question was how effectively can the vaccine prevent COVID-19 infection 7 days after the second dose of the vaccine?
University of Michigan epidemiologist leads FDA COVID vaccine advisory committee
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Pfizer and BioNTech submitted their COVID-19 vaccine to the FDA to be considered for an emergency-use authorization Friday. In 2018, he showed Local 4 his “Flu Lab” at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. Monto will lead the committee that will advise the FDA on whether or not to grant an emergency-use authorization for any coronavirus vaccines. RELATED: Local 4 assignment editor shares experience with COVID-19 vaccine trialThe FDA is not required to follow the recommendation of its advisory committee, but it typically does. “It’s an intellectual pressure, not a political pressure,” Monto said.
Local 4 assignment editor shares experience with COVID-19 vaccine trial
DETROIT – Pfizer announced on Wednesday that it is ready to submit its COVID-19 vaccine to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for review. The drugmaker reported that its final analysis finds the vaccine is 95 percent effective. READ: Pfizer: COVID-19 shot 95% effective, seeking clearance soonLocal 4 assignment editor Matt Triplett said he wanted to do everything he could to help end the pandemic and get us back to a more normal life. “I talked to several people I trust and this is just the right thing to do.”While most of the world has watched and waited for a vaccine, Triplett decided to help make it happen. Triplett still doesn’t know if he received the actual vaccine or a placebo.
LIVE STREAM: President-elect Joe Biden holds virtual roundtable with health care workers
WASHINGTON – President-elect Joe Biden is set to hold a virtual roundtable event with frontline health care workers. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., and No. They included congresswoman-elect Nikema Williams, who won the Atlanta-area district represented by Democratic Rep. John Lewis, the civil rights champion, until his death in July. 1 and 2 House Democrats since 2003, while Clyburn rose to the No. To prevent lawmakers from crowding unsafely into one room, Democrats' leadership candidates were delivering remarks to scattered lawmakers using Zoom, the online meeting platform.
Officials believe more than 20M people could get first COVID-19 vaccine dose by end of year
WASHINGTON – Moderna announced that it’s candidate for a COVID-19 vaccine is nearly 95 percent effective. READ: What does COVID-19 vaccine effectiveness mean? Moderna and Pfizer could roll out 70 million doses worldwide in the coming weeks. Officials in the United States said a little more than 20 million people could get their first shot before the end of the year. A poll conducted after the Pfizer announcement, but before the news from Moderna, found 60 percent of Americans are likely to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
Watch: President-elect Joe Biden says US faces ‘dark winter,’ masks needed
WASHINGTON (AP) – President-elect Joe Biden is warning the United States is “still facing a very dark winter” as he unveils plans for addressing COVID-19 pandemic. Even as hopes of a vaccine lifted stocks, Biden said Monday another 200,000 lives could be lost before it is widely available. The Democratic president-elect and vice president-elect sat at separate, individual socially distanced tables and took notes as the members introduced themselves on Monday. The task force briefing was at the Queen, a theater in downtown Wilmington, Delaware, where Biden’s campaign built a studio and other communications infrastructure and has spent months organizing virtual meetings and speeches. Also part of the group is Rick Bright, a whistleblower who was demoted after criticizing the Trump administration’s pandemic response.
As Indonesia cases soar, medical workers bear the burden
Indonesia's government has been able to provide PPE to healthcare workers after an initial shortage that saw doctors wearing plastic raincoats while working. But other issues remain in the country, where more than 200 medical workers, mostly doctors and nurses, have died from the virus. At least 213 healthcare workers have died from COVID-19 in Indonesia, including 107 doctors and 74 nurses, according to the Indonesian Medical Association. Medical workers face other burdens for which there are no available statistics. Indonesia's government announced a plan last week to lessen the burden on healthcare workers by moving patients from hospitals to create more space, adjusting clinical work arrangements to reduce exposure to patients, and providing nutritional supplements to medical workers.
Spike in COVID-19 cases reported at colleges in 36 states
Tens of thousands of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases have been reported on college campuses across the country. Some leaders are pushing testing as an answer, since a safe and effective vaccine is still months away. Three potential vaccines are in phase 3 of human trials in the United States. READ: University of Michigan to carry out phase 3 of COVID-19 vaccine trialThe Food and Drug Administration (FDA) suggests one could be approved before the trials are over. The White House Coronavirus Task Force just warned Iowa that it has the highest rate of cases in the nation.
FDA authorizes new COVID-19 saliva test pioneered by Yale, the NBA
DETROIT – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted emergency use authorization for Yale University’s coronavirus test, Saliva Direct. Saliva Direct uses a simplified testing method that cuts the turnaround time to less than 24 hours. Researchers said the accuracy of the Saliva Direct results matched almost perfectly with the group’s swab tests. The Saliva Direct test is simple enough to be used by labs everywhere, once they go through the required accreditation process. Yale and the NBA do not intend to take any royalties from the testing method, making it available for free.
MEA Survey: class sizes, testing and more needs to change for school in the fall
The highest was in elementary schools where 97 percent of responders said it would be difficult to keep students socially distant. READ: Ann Arbor Public Schools: Classes to start on Aug. 31In addition, 90 percent said schools would need smaller class sizes. The MEA is also planning to lobby Congress and Legislative leaders for more funding, particularly through the CARES Act. Without direction from state or federal leaders it could very well leave districts and their students across the state in limbo. The survey now heads to the Governors School Reopening Task Force for review.
Metro Detroit filmmaker chronicles life in America during COVID-19 pandemic
At the height of the coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdowns, a Metro Detroit filmmaker decided to grab his camera and hit the road. He drove across the country chronicling what life was like when America came to a sudden stop. Over the past two months people have seen an empty America. A man from Rochester Hills took the opportunity to pack up his Jeep and capture it all. He said Las Vegas was like a ghost town, I wanted to leave.
CDC releases guidelines to reopen schools this fall
Many of the guidelines seem tough to implement and many parents were quick to express their displeasure on social media. Its important to note that the guidelines arent requirements and are just recommendations. READ: Ann Arbor Public Schools: Classes to start on Aug. 31Madeline Brown is going to be a senior at Lamphere High School. She expects school to be a little like what her 17th birthday party was like on Thursday -- with people trying to keep a safe distance. RELATED: West Bloomfield School District releases framework for next school yearHead of the Michigan Education Association Paula Herbart expects to see coronavirus guidelines in school but says there simply isnt enough space, staff or buses to implement the CDCs suggestions.