What you should know
- In anticipation of an approval of a COVID-19 vaccine, Cuomo revealed the draft vaccine distribution plans for the state.
- Cuomo noted that 40 million doses and double doses would be needed for each resident when the vaccine is approved.
- The state sent a list of questions to the federal government to provide more information about the federal vaccine distribution plan.
NEW YORK – New York State health officials have begun drafting plans to disperse coronavirus vaccines in anticipation of completing testing of a federally funded drug to combat the virus that has so far caused the death. of nearly 220,000 Americans.
A state vaccine task force has created a draft distribution plan for New York ahead of a full vaccine that the federal government has hinted will have ready in the coming months, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Sunday. To effectively distribute a vaccine to 20 million New Yorkers, the governor says more information from the federal government will be required to prepare and finalize a prioritized distribution formula.
“What are you going to do and what do you expect the states to do?” Cuomo wants the Trump administration to respond. To get these answers, the National Governors Association sends the president a list of 36 questions, selected by bipartisan governors from across the county, to help states obtain information to begin planning their role.
New York has identified the need for 40 million doses of the vaccine and 2 doses of the anticipated drug will be needed for each state resident, Cuomo said. Executing the administration of some 40 million doses is an unprecedented task for the state, which has already achieved test volumes never seen before since the start of the pandemic.
“This is one of the largest operations we have done under COVID to date; it is quite a complicated operation. 20 million people in the state, most vaccines require two doses depending on which one,” Cuomo said.
“It took us seven months to do 12 million tests [de coronavirus]How long will it take to make 40 million vaccines? “He mused.
State officials have their eyes on the future as they combat the continuing spread of the virus through groups in New York.
On Saturday, Cuomo said that increased restrictions and concentrated enforcement efforts were proving successful in squashing recent COVID-19 spikes in what the state has deemed clusters of hotspots within four separate counties.
Just over a week after the latest COVID-19 restrictions, Cuomo said targeting the spikes of the virus on a “block-by-block level” so far has proven successful, but did not go so far as to indicate a relaxation of the restrictions that closed schools. and business in hotspots.
Cuomo’s micro-budding strategy will not have the same kind of benchmarks for opening and closing as the state’s previous phased regional approach that divided restrictions among 10 regions. Cuomo said his team looks at daily changes to adjust cluster surveillance zones and quickly reshape boundaries to meet the demands of the latest testing, by targeting cases on city blocks.
“With this strategy we do not have the same reference points because it is very particular and circumstantial for that group,” he said.
Ultimately, it will be your decision whether to lift the restrictions next week. They were placed in geographically mapped cluster areas shaded red, orange and yellow based on risk for a minimum of 14 days, although that period could be extended.
Despite focusing on clustered cases of the virus, Cuomo announced his first lifting of restrictions in several weeks. Theaters outside of New York City may reopen on October 23the governor said Saturday.
Movie theaters in counties that have a positivity rate below 2 percent for an average of 14 days and do not have groups can reopen at 25 percent capacity. In addition to meeting state air filtration standards, theaters must enforce social distancing, wearing masks, and assigned seating.
On the other hand, a second relaxation of the restrictions implemented in March occurred on Sunday when the governor announced that the ski resorts could operate at 50 percent of their internal capacity as of November 6.