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FDA Panel Endorses Pfizer-BioNTech Coronavirus Vaccine, Authorization Expected Soon; Operation Warp Speed Trying To Help Obtain More Raw Materials For Vaccine Production

AP: U.S. panel endorses widespread use of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine “A U.S. government advisory panel endorsed widespread use of Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine Thursday, putting the country just one step away from launching an epic vaccination campaign against the outbreak that has killed close to 300,000 Americans. Shots could begin within…

News Outlets Examine COVID-19 Vaccine Efforts In India, China, Russia

AP: AP Interview: India vaccine maker sees virus as wake-up call “The coronavirus pandemic is a ‘wake up call’ for governments to invest more in health care, says Adar Poonawalla, CEO of the Serum Institute of India, the world’s largest manufacturer of vaccines. The Serum Institute has taken on a…

Africa, Latin America Likely Will Not Receive COVID-19 Vaccines Until Later 2021 Or After, Health Officials Warn; Canada Authorizes Pfizer Vaccine, U.S. Set To Decide; China Pushes Vaccine Diplomacy

AP: African health official blasts ‘terrible’ vaccine inequality ” ‘It will be extremely terrible to see’ rich countries receiving COVID-19 vaccines while African countries go without, especially as a new surge in cases begins on the continent of 1.3 billion people, Africa’s top public health official said Thursday. As the…

News Outlets Examine Inequities In Vaccine Distribution, Vaccine Diplomacy, Nationalism

CNN: Rich countries are hoarding Covid-19 vaccines and leaving the developing world behind, People’s Vaccine Alliance warns “Rich countries have bought enough Covid-19 vaccine doses to immunize their populations three times over, an international vaccine watchdog has said, but developing countries are being left behind in the global sprint to…

Airlines, Freezer Producers See Boost As COVID-19 Vaccines Begin Rollouts

Financial Times: Ultra-cold freezing presents next challenge in Covid vaccine race “Demand for ultra-cold storage freezers has spiked as governments and manufacturers prepare to ship Covid-19 vaccines around the world and along the so-called last mile to those most vulnerable to the disease…” (Dempsey et al., 12/7). Reuters: Vaccine airlift…

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