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All eyes are on Britain as the country gears up to begin the rollout of a coronavirus vaccination program.
Britain will start dispensing the COVID-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech Tuesday, the first Western Country to begin vaccination, vaccinating its population against infection from the coronavirus.
Britain is the worst-hit European country from the pandemic with more than 61,000 deaths from COVID-19. Prime minister Boris Johnson hopes to turn the tide against the disease by rolling out the vaccine before the United States or European Union.
While other countries gear up for rapid rollouts of COVID-19 vaccines, Switzerland is taking a slower path, caution over speed, according to a leading vaccine expert.
Claire-Ann Siegrest, one of Switzerland’s leading vaccine experts told AFP, “While rushing was understandable for the worst-hit countries, a more cautious approach was reasonable in the Swiss context.”
And, in the United States pressure is on Congress to come up with a COVID-19 relief bill.
AP Shelley Adler has more.
An FDA advisory panel is scheduled to take up a request Thursday to authorize emergency use of Pfizer's vaccine.
Vaccinations could begin just days later, but initial supplies will be rationed, and shots are not expected to become widely available until the spring.
So, health experts like Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House coronavirus response coordinator, say “Only we can save us from this current surge by wearing masks in social distancing.”
The virus is blamed for over two hundred and eighty thousand deaths in the U.S. Yesterday, 2,254 people died according to a tally by Johns Hopkins. I’m Julie Walker.
The Vatican says Pope Francis will make a pilgrimage to Iraq in March. Pandemic conditions [have kept the Pope from leaving Italy].
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