Governor Lamont COVID-19 and Vaccine Update- 11/09/20

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Governor Lamont COVID-19 and Vaccine Update- 11/09/20

Here is a summary from Governor Lamont’s update from 11/9/2020…

  • Metrics:  The positivity rate over the weekend is 3.7% with 94 additional hospitalizations and 27 additional deaths since last week.
  • Biden-Harris Transition Team:  Highlighted elements of the transition team and suggested that states’ COVID interventions will be models for what the transition team and the Biden-Harris Coronavirus Task Force can consider, citing Connecticut, Maryland and Massachusetts as examples.
    • The Governor highlighted that three members with connections to Connecticut who are on the Biden-Harris transition team:
      • David Kessler, Former Dean of Yale School of Medicine and former FDA Commissioner
      • Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith, Yale University
      • Dr. Vivek Murthy
  • Pfizer Vaccine Update:  Dr. John Burkhardt of Pfizer and Reginald Eadie of Trinity Healthcare were the featured guests for this press conference to discuss the vaccine development and distribution plans as they stand now.
    • John Burkhardt highlighted that the vaccine path goes through three major components:  efficacy, safety, and quality.  The recent news released is focused on efficacy, and 90% is a good metric for efficacy.  He indicated that there are at least 200 Pfizer employees, many in Groton in active research on the vaccine.
    • Reginald Eadie who is serving as co-chair of CT’s Vaccine Work Group indicated that there will be a prioritization for healthcare workers, frontline workers, elderly with comorbidities, and high-risk settings (like nursing homes) will be prioritized first.  They will be partnering with hospitals, healthcare systems, and local health districts to identify storage and chain of custody issues to ensure infrastructure for delivery when the supply meets the demand after the initial distribution to the first priority group.
    • Custody of the vaccine needs to be kept very cold.  Important to work with government and others on the supply chain.  Expressed optimism that it can be done.
    • In response to a press question about how many vaccines will be made available, John Burkhardt responded that they expect that they could have as many 50 million doses by the end of the year, and up to a billion next year.  He also noted that each immunized individual would require 2 doses.
  • Colleges/University Issues:  In response to a question from the press about Thanksgiving break for colleges, the Governor said that he did not believe that curfews on college campuses are too restrictive, as some of the outbreaks stem from parties and large gatherings.
  • K-12 Teachers:   In response to a question about K-12 teachers and potential shortages because of quarantines, the Governor was unable to answer if specific towns were facing challenges in teacher shortages, but would look into it.
  • Nursing Home Outbreak:  DPH is working with an outbreak at a nursing home, and that is currently under investigation.
  • Restaurants and Outdoor Tents:  In response to a question about outdoor tent usage, the Governor said that they are doing everything that they can to keep restaurants going in this difficult time

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