AstraZeneca said it will seek clearance in the United States “in the coming weeks,” putting it on track to the country's fourth COVID vaccine to receive emergency use authorization and joining those from Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson already in use.
About 6,851 new Coronavirus cases are up by less than 1,000 from 5,936 on Monday. The totals are roughly half of the record 11,581 new cases reported Saturday across the Tar Heel State. At least 636,000 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in the state.
Sandra Lindsay, the director of critical care at Long Island Jewish Medical Center in the Queens borough of New York City was the first person in the U.S. to receive a COVID-19 vaccination. She received the vaccine just after 9 a.m. ET on Monday.
The United Kingdom gave emergency authorization use to Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine on Wednesday. "Help is on the way," U.K. Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced Wednesday morning, after UK regulators granted emergency authorization for a vaccine. Pfizer, the American pharmaceutical giant, has worked with German partner BioNTech to get to this stage of the rollout.