New York marks 1 yr for the reason that first case found – CBS New York
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Today has been a year since the coronavirus pandemic began in New York City.
Although the number of victims has been devastating, there are new signs of hope, including a third vaccine that has just been approved.
The first case was discovered in the region after a 39-year-old health care worker returned from Iran.
“We have no timetable for this crisis,” announced Mayor Bill de Blasio at the time. “I think people should assume that it will be with us for months and we will be in a high state of readiness while it is here.”
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Months turned into a year of enormous loss and monumental change. Now there is much hope in this unexplored time.
Millions of doses of Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine will be ready to ship on Monday. It’s the nation’s first single-dose shot.
The company’s five times more projects will be available by the end of March and 100 million by the end of June.
Alderman Mark Levine said New York City should receive 95,000 cans on Tuesday.
The President’s Chief Medical Advisor, Dr. Anthony Fauci, spent the day on Sunday urging Americans not to view the Johnson & Johnson vaccine as worse than Pfizer or Moderna just because it had a lower rate of effectiveness. He said people should get whatever is available.
“If you look at all three of them, they are really very good. The J&J data just released has just been examined by the FDA. If you have a critical illness, there have been no hospital admissions and no deaths, ”he said.
He also warned that even if people are fully vaccinated, they could still potentially spread the virus. Although studies show they would carry extremely small amounts of it.
“That’s why we recommend that when people are vaccinated and are in the presence of unvaccinated people, put on a mask to prevent them from infecting others,” he said.
This is because Connecticut is deviating from CDC guidelines to simplify vaccine adoption and determine eligibility based on age. From Monday, people between 55 and 64 years of age can get the shot.
“If we prioritized by age and had a separate path for underserved communities, we could do this easily, efficiently and with equity,” said Governor Ned Lamont.
On other hopeful news, Governor Andrew Cuomo says the positivity rate in New York has dropped to 2.77% nationwide.