The makers of two promising coronavirus vaccine candidates have now sought emergency approval from the United States Food and Drug Administration, which means the first Americans could receive the long-awaited vaccine as early as December.
But an important question remains: who will be the first to receive the vaccine?
While healthcare workers and the elderly would have been considered the first in line, a new report suggests obese Americans could also be considered a priority.
Advisors from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are expected to meet on Tuesday to discuss who will be the first to receive the vaccine, with obese Americans who are at increased risk of serious illness if they contract the new coronavirus, which is now possible. as a priority, according to a Washington Post report.
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“Obesity is an underlying health problem that makes people vulnerable to the more severe symptoms of COVID-19. Obesity is linked to several additional health problems, such as type 2 diabetes and hypertension, which are also underlying factors that put people at risk, ”said Dr. David Buchin, a specialist in the disease. obesity in New York, at Fox News.
Obese people, who make up an estimated 70 million Americans and 100 million others who are overweight, generally have lower lung capacity and are at greater risk of cardiac arrest, and the new coronavirus can cause damage to the heart and lungs , Bunchin told me.
“We have seen a disproportionate number of overweight people requiring hospitalization or receiving intensive care and an almost 50% higher risk of death from the coronavirus,” he added.
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As for those obese people receiving the coronavirus vaccine first, Buchin said the possible decision could “prevent serious health complications and death of obese people.”
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“Second, it would reduce [the] on our health care system if Americans at risk receive [vaccine] because they would avoid hospitalization and intensive care while fighting this pandemic, ”he said. “We see [a] pressure on our hospitals and health care systems due to massive hospitalizations, that would be one way to keep beds open and reduce [the] the burden of the system. ”