Monday, October 3, 2022

US has enough COVID-19 vaccines for boosters, shots for kids

Madison, Wis. – With more than 40 million doses of coronavirus vaccines available, US health officials said they believe there will be enough for both eligible older Americans and young children seeking booster shots, for whom initial vaccines are expected to be approved . Not too distant future.

The increase in demand – expected after last week’s federal recommendation on booster shots – will be the first significant jump in months. More than 70 million Americans have not been vaccinated despite lottery prizes, free food or gifts and pleas from exhausted health care workers as the average number of deaths per day has risen to more than 1,900 in recent weeks.

Federal and state health officials said current supplies and steady production of more doses could easily accommodate those seeking boosters or early vaccinations, following a disappointingly slow rollout of COVID-19 vaccines nationwide earlier this year. To avoid rollout.

“I hope we have the level of interest in boosters … that we need more vaccines,” Colorado Gov. Jared Polis said Tuesday. “This is not where we are today. We have too many vaccines.”

Strong supplies in the US enabled President Joe Biden this week to pledge an additional 500 million of Pfizer’s COVID-19 shots to share with the world, doubling the United States’ global contribution. Aid groups and health organizations have urged the US and other countries to improve vaccine access in countries where even the most vulnerable have not been shot.

The challenges that the states are facing include not ordering too many doses and letting them go to waste. Several states with low vaccination rates, including Idaho and Kansas, have reported throwing away thousands of expired doses or struggling to access vaccines nearing expiration this fall.

While most vaccines can last for months on an unopened shelf, the clock starts ticking once the vial is opened. According to the US Food and Drug Administration, vaccines are only usable for six to 12 hours, depending on the manufacturer.

Moderna’s vaccines come in vials containing 11 to 15 doses. Pfizer vials hold up to six doses, and Johnson & Johnson’s holds up to five doses.

“We’re going to see more doses that go unused over time,” said Wisconsin’s health secretary, Karen Timberlake. “They come in multidose files. They don’t come in nice, neat individual single-serving packages.”

State health officials said they have tried to request only what health care providers and pharmacies need from federal supplies. Those numbers have dwindled since the vaccine became widely available in early spring.

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