Report: COVID-19 vaccine shortage could be ‘catastrophic’
In a dire warning of the effects of the COVID vaccine shortage, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday that the vaccine shortage was expected to worsen.
CDC Director Tom Frieden said in a statement that the agency would be reviewing the results of its vaccine analysis of coronavirus outbreaks.
“We’re seeing it right now, with coronaviruses like COVID, the virus doesn’t kill everyone,” he said.
“So even with the vaccines, we’re seeing a lot of people die.
And that’s a big problem, and it’s not something we’re going to solve by having more vaccines.
It’s something that we’re working on.”
CDC and the pharmaceutical industry have agreed on an unprecedented $8 billion price tag for a second phase of the vaccine.
Frieden said he expected the price tag to exceed $10 billion by the end of the year, but said he hoped the industry would work to minimize costs by working together.
The CDC is preparing a report on how to protect the health of the nation by controlling coronaviral outbreaks, and Frieden also warned that COVID will continue to spread throughout the country.
For the first time, a coronaviscosity study has been conducted for COVID vaccines.
It is expected to find that the COX-2 vaccine does not prevent the virus from spreading, but that the virus can’t be stopped once it reaches the lungs.