These People Will Get the Vaccine First, Says Dr. Fauci | Eat This Not That

There’s a "light at the end of the tunnel" says Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and nation’s top infectious disease expert. With at least three coronavirus vaccines proving effective in trials, some will be distributed as soon as a few weeks; this very day, Moderna, one of the manufacturers, is applying for emergency FDA approval. And not a moment too soon: cases—and deaths—are surging across the nation.  But who will get the vaccine first? Fauci appeared on Meet the Press with host Chuck Todd yesterday to delineate who he thinks will get the jab initially—read on, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don’t miss these Sure Signs You’ve Already Had Coronavirus. Here’s Who Will Get the Vaccine First, Says Dr. Fauci  Fauci had previously told MSNBC that "by the time we get into December, we’ll be able to have doses available for people who are judged to be at the highest priority." In another interview with PBS, Fauci revealed that those "higher priority groups" would be determined "according to the recommendation of the CDC."     Per the CDC in addition to age, there are a number of underlying medical conditions that would deem an adult of any age to be at an increased risk for severe illness from the virus that causes COVID-19. These include cancer, chronic kidney disease, COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies, immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from solid organ transplant, obesity (body mass index [BMI] of 30 kg/m2 or higher but 40 kg/m2), severe obesity (BMI ≥ 40 kg/m2), pregnancy, sickle cell disease, smoking, and type 2 diabetes mellitus.  According to the AP, an expert panel advising the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is also considering giving high priority to workers in essential industries.  "I think certainly the healthcare workers are going to be among those," said Dr. Fauci, when Todd said he presumed they’d be in pole position. "I don’t know exactly what the precise final decision is going to be. Certainly healthcare workers will be up there. There may be others. I don’t know. As you know, on Tuesday, the advisory committee on immunization practices, either Tuesday or Wednesday, sometime early next week, I’m going to be coming in, meeting with the CDC and making those kinds of decisions," he said. "But if you look at the number of healthcare workers, obviously you’re going to have to do it in a graded way. I mean, we don’t have enough vaccines right now in the first, you know, in the last week or two or three of December to be able to get everybody who needs to. And that’s the reason why, what happens is that a certain amount of vaccine gets shipped locally to the States. And then the final decision of how to do that properly will be left up to the States with strong recommendations from the CDC."  RELATED: COVID Symptoms Usually Appe

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