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Dr. Fauci explains when kids will get vaccinated
03:47 - Source: CNN
CNN  — 

Great news emerged Sunday on the vaccine front, as a second Covid-19 vaccine will soon be available to some Americans.

But for much of the US, the pandemic is raging out of control – and will get worse before everyone can be vaccinated.

In just the past week, more than 18,000 people died from Covid-19 in the US. Hospitals are filling up fast.

And the US set a record Friday for the most Covid-19 infections reported in one day: 249,709, according to Johns Hopkins University.

“Unfortunately, it will get worse because we still are experiencing the outcome of the Thanksgiving holiday and gatherings,” said Moncef Slaoui, chief scientific officer for Operation Warp Speed, the federal government’s vaccine initiative.

“And unfortunately, there may be more over the Christmas holiday. So there will be a continuing surge.”

Despite widespread pleas from doctors, many Americans are traveling this Christmas week instead of hunkering down and protecting their loved ones from possible coronavirus infection.

More than 2 million travelers were screened at US airports between Friday and Saturday, the Transportation Security Administration said.

And health experts fear more holiday travel will further spread the virus, which has already infected more than 17.7 million people and killed more than 316,000 in the US.

Where the Moderna vaccine will likely go

On Sunday, the director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention accepted the recommendation of a CDC advisory committee that Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine should be given to people ages 18 and older in the US.

The first public doses of the Moderna vaccine will “most likely” be administered Monday morning, Slaoui said.

Distribution of the Moderna vaccine has already started, said Army Gen. Gustave Perna, chief operating officer of Operation Warp Speed.

Just like the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, the Moderna vaccine has received emergency use authorization from the US Food and Drug Administration.

But unlike the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, the Moderna vaccine doesn’t require ultra-cold storage and can be transported at regular refrigeration temperatures – making it more suitable for rural areas and places that don’t have special deep-freeze facilities.