After striking deals with the federal government, pharmacies like CVS and Walgreens will help administer the coronavirus vaccine — first to health care workers, long-term care residents and staff, and eventually to the general public. Walmart and Sam’s Club are also preparing their pharmacies for the rollout. The first doses left Pfizer’s Michigan plant Sunday. There are discrepancies, however, about when the first dose will be given to nursing home residents, who are some of the most vulnerable to the virus. On CBS News’ “Face the Nation” Sunday, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said as soon as the vaccines are received, as early as this week, they can be administered. But CBS News obtained two documents from Operation Warp Speed, the federal government’s vaccine program. They make it clear vaccines can only be administered after “December 21st,” which is a week away. Former FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb suggested Sunday that’s likely because Operation Warp Speed didn’t obtain consent in advance from nursing home residents or their families to be vaccinated. “It’s a very costly delay, there are 50,000 new infections in nursing homes every week right now, probably more than that,” Gottlieb said. More than 76,000 residents… Read full this story
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