Coronavirus News Roundup: COVID-19 Vaccine Updates, New Vaccination Program for Pharmacy Techs

December 18, 2020

Here’s a roundup of the latest coronavirus-related news.

This week marked 300,000 coronavirus-related deaths in the United States. The current surge has proved to be the largest since the pandemic began in March, with the number of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases in the United States continuing to reach record highs: 242,000 cases and 114,000 COVID-19––related hospitalizations as of December 17 evening, according to The COVID Tracking Project.

Here’s a roundup of the latest coronavirus-related news:

Fauci: US Still Months Away From COVID-19 Vaccine Approval for Children

Although US health care workers have started receiving the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID -19 vaccine, vaccines for children won’t be available for “months,” according to Anthony Fauci, MD, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

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MJH COVID-19 Coalition Weighs in on Latest Pandemic News

This week, members of the MJH Life Sciences COVID-19 Coalition shared insights on the latest pandemic news, including long-term health consequences, vaccine hesitancy, and new recommendations.

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New Program Rapidly Trains Pharmacy Techs in Vaccine Administration

As COVID-19 vaccine distribution is set to begin in the US, the National Pharmacy Technician Association is launching a nationally-recognized pharmacy technician administered immunization training program.

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Fauci Address Pharmacists at ASHP Midyear

Despite positive news around an effective vaccine, Americans should prepare for a difficult winter ahead amid the COVID-19 pandemic, warned Anthony Fauci, MD, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, during a session at the ASHP Midyear 2020 Clinical Meeting & Exhibition.

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Generic Makers Pledge Capacity to Ensure COVID-19 Treatments in Low-, Middle-Income Countries

A group of generic drug manufacturers have pledged to work together to accelerate access to new treatments for low- and middle-income countries amid the COVID-19 pandemic with non-profit Medicines Patent Pool, according to a press release.

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FDA Grants EUA to Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine

The FDA has granted emergency use authorization to the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 messenger RNA vaccine.

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