(December 22, 2020) FOR A CLEAN VERSION, SEE STORY NUMBER: 4302978 Dr Anthony Fauci, the country’s foremost infectious disease expert, received the initial dose of the latest COVID-19 vaccine alongside other leaders federal health officials who helped oversee its development. “What we are seeing now is the culmination of years of research which has led to a phenomenon that has truly been unprecedented. And that has to start from the realization that we are dealing with a new pathogen, a virus that was described in January of this year, less than a year later to have vaccines that are on the arms of so many people. , including myself, ”Fauci said. The vaccinations on Tuesday at the National Institutes of Health campus outside Washington are part of a larger government effort to boost public confidence in the safety of two COVID-19 vaccines recently approved by U.S. regulators. Fauci received his first injection of the two-dose regimen alongside NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins and Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar. Each received the vaccine co-developed by NIH and drugmaker Massachusetts Moderna. Along with a similar shot from Pfizer, the United States is working to scale up the largest vaccination effort in its history to ultimately defeat the pandemic, which has killed nearly 320,000 people in the United States and disrupted lives in the world. whole world. Both vaccines are highly protective and were developed less than a year after the emergence of the coronavirus, a scientific victory based on years of NIH-funded research. Six health care workers from the NIH Research Hospital also received vaccines at the event. Members of Congress and other senior government officials were in the first wave of Americans to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Learn more about AP Archive: Twitter: Facebook: Google+: Tumblr: Instagram: You can license this story through AP Archive :.
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