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US hits another record for hospitalizations on the first day of the vaccine rollout: 110,549 people are now being treated across the US as Western states see a huge surge in cases after deaths topped 300k

 As the first Pfizer vaccines were administered in the US on Monday, the country hit a new devastating record for hospitalizations with more than 110,000 people being treated for COVID-19.

The virus continues to grip the country with more than 193,000 new cases and 1,358 deaths recorded on Monday and a new record of 110,549 patients hospitalized with the virus, according to The COVID Tracking Project

Monday's hospitalization number shattered a single-day record set Sunday when 109,331 hospitalizations were reported. The seven-day rolling average of hospitalizations is now 107,856.

Western states are outpacing the Midwest with 739 infections per million people. The West alone accounts for 31 percent of all reported cases.

The tragic numbers come the same day the US' COVID-19 death toll surpassed the grim 300,000 milestone, mere hours after the first virus vaccines were administered. 

On Monday the nation hit a new record for hospitalizations with 110,549 people being treated for COVID-19. Monday's hospitalization number shattered a single-day record set Sunday when 109,331 hospitalizations were reported

On Monday the nation hit a new record for hospitalizations with 110,549 people being treated for COVID-19. Monday's hospitalization number shattered a single-day record set Sunday when 109,331 hospitalizations were reported

Western states are now outpacing the Midwest with 739 infections per million people. The West alone accounts for 31 percent of all reported cases in the country

Western states are now outpacing the Midwest with 739 infections per million people. The West alone accounts for 31 percent of all reported cases in the country

Also on Monday the US COVID-19 death toll surpassed the grim 300,000 milestone, mere hours after the first virus vaccines were administered

Also on Monday the US COVID-19 death toll surpassed the grim 300,000 milestone, mere hours after the first virus vaccines were administered

Sandra Lindsay, an intensive care nurse in New York City, was the first to receive Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine at the Long Island Jewish Medical Center in Queens this morning during a livestream with New York Gov Andrew Cuomo. 

Just hours later, the number of Americans to die from coronavirus amid the pandemic ticked over the 300,000 mark. The seven-day rolling average for deaths is now just over 2,400 per day.   

President Donald Trump had congratulated the country this morning just moments after the ICU nurse received her dose: 'First Vaccine Administered. Congratulations USA! Congratulations WORLD!' 


Vaccinations continued to roll out throughout the morning with healthcare workers from Ohio to Louisiana rolling up their sleeves to get the shot after shipments of the frozen vaccine vials began to arrive at hospitals across the country.  

Healthcare workers are among the first to receive the vaccine. General Gustave Perna, who is in charge of the federal government's Operation Warp Speed, said vaccinations will start in nursing homes this week.

Dr. Joseph Varon, left, medical staff members Gabriel Cervera Rodriguez, second from left, Elizabeth Gamboa, third from left, and Stephanie, right, perform tracheostomy procedure on a patient in the COVID-19 intensive care unit (ICU) at the United Memorial Medical Center in Houston, Texas on Monday as virus hospitalizations soar

Dr. Joseph Varon, left, medical staff members Gabriel Cervera Rodriguez, second from left, Elizabeth Gamboa, third from left, and Stephanie, right, perform tracheostomy procedure on a patient in the COVID-19 intensive care unit (ICU) at the United Memorial Medical Center in Houston, Texas on Monday as virus hospitalizations soar

Medical staffers watch a screen while performing tracheostomy procedure on a patient in the COVID-19 intensive care unit patient at United Memorial Medical Center in Houston, Texas on Monday

Medical staffers watch a screen while performing tracheostomy procedure on a patient in the COVID-19 intensive care unit patient at United Memorial Medical Center in Houston, Texas on Monday

A medical staff member Demetra Ransom prepares to draw blood from a patient in the COVID-19 intensive care unit at the United Memorial Medical Center on Monday

A medical staff member Demetra Ransom prepares to draw blood from a patient in the COVID-19 intensive care unit at the United Memorial Medical Center on Monday

Staff members help a newly arriving 81-year-old African American COVID-19 patient get settled into the ICU ward at Roseland Community Hospital on Monday in Chicago, Illinois

Staff members help a newly arriving 81-year-old African American COVID-19 patient get settled into the ICU ward at Roseland Community Hospital on Monday in Chicago, Illinois

Colorado Governor Jared Polis opens the shipping box bearing the state's first shipment of COVID-19 vaccine at the laboratory for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment early Monday

Colorado Governor Jared Polis opens the shipping box bearing the state's first shipment of COVID-19 vaccine at the laboratory for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment early Monday

Pharmacist Chris Martin, with UCHealth, holds the first COVID-19 vaccine in Colorado Springs, Colorado on Monday

Pharmacist Chris Martin, with UCHealth, holds the first COVID-19 vaccine in Colorado Springs, Colorado on Monday

COVID-19 infections are still increasing in the US with total cases topping 16million

COVID-19 infections are still increasing in the US with total cases topping 16million

Today there are more than 16.5million cases of COVID-19 across the US and more than 300,400virus related deaths

Today there are more than 16.5million cases of COVID-19 across the US and more than 300,400virus related deaths

In New York City, Lindsay said she felt relief after becoming the first to be given the shot.  


'It didn't feel any different from taking any other vaccine,' Lindsay said. 'I feel hopeful today, relieved. I feel like healing is coming. I hope this marks the beginning of the end of a very painful time in our history. I want to instill public confidence that the vaccine is safe.' 

With a countdown of '3-2-1,' workers at Ohio State University's Wexner Medical Center gave the first injections to applause. 

In New Orleans, Steven Lee, an intensive care unit pharmacist at Ochsner Medical Center, summed up the moment as he got his own vaccination: 'We can finally prevent the disease as opposed to treating it.'

Other hospitals around the country, from Rhode Island to Texas, unloaded precious frozen vials of vaccine - with staggered deliveries set to continue throughout the day and into Tuesday. 

'This is the light at the end of the tunnel. But it's a long tunnel," New York Gov Andrew Cuomo said. 

'New York state did what we believe is the first vaccination in the United States. 

'We have 170,000 dozes from Pfizer, 346,000 from Moderna. We have 90 distribution sites. Today we're in the process of administering 10,000 vaccines. New York came out of the blocks very quickly and very aggressively. The vaccine only works if we take it.'

The first 2.9 million doses began to be shipped to distribution centers around the country on Sunday from Pfizer's manufacturing plant in Kalamazoo, Michigan. 

The pharmaceutical giant said the first shipments will deliver millions of doses to 64 states, US territories and major cities, as well as five federal agencies. 

On Sunday the country reported 190,920 new cases, 1,389 new deaths, and 109,331 hospitalizations from COVID-19. 

In the face of the surge in all three metrics, health officials are pinning their hopes of bringing the virus to its knees with a vaccine. 


President Donald Trump tweeted just moments after the ICU nurse received her dose: 'First Vaccine Administered. Congratulations USA! Congratulations WORLD!'

President Donald Trump tweeted just moments after the ICU nurse received her dose: 'First Vaccine Administered. Congratulations USA! Congratulations WORLD!'

NEW YORK: An intensive care nurse in New York, Sandra Lindsay, is among the first in the country to receive a COVID-19 shot this morning. She was vaccinated at the Long Island Jewish Medical Center in Queens just before 9.30am this morning during a livestream with New York Gov Andrew Cuomo

NEW YORK: An intensive care nurse in New York, Sandra Lindsay, is among the first in the country to receive a COVID-19 shot this morning. She was vaccinated at the Long Island Jewish Medical Center in Queens just before 9.30am this morning during a livestream with New York Gov Andrew Cuomo

NEW YORK: Dr Yves Duroseau from Lennox Hill Hospital is inoculated with the vaccine by Dr Michelle Chester from Northwell Health at Long Island Jewish Medical Center in Queens this morning. Duroseau said he lost an uncle to COVID-19 and urged Americans not to fear the vaccination

OHIO: Ohio State employee Stacey Boyer receives the Pfizer vaccine in Columbus, Ohio on Monday afternoon
CONNECTICUT: Healthcare worker Connor Paleski is given the vaccine outside of Hartford Hospital

OHIO: Ohio State employee Stacey Boyer receives the Pfizer vaccine in Columbus, Ohio on Monday afternoon (left). CONNECTICUT: Healthcare worker Connor Paleski is given the vaccine outside of Hartford Hospital in Connecticut (right)

KENTUCKY: Dr. Jason Smith receives his COVID-19 vaccination at the University of Louisville Hospital on Monday

KENTUCKY: Dr. Jason Smith receives his COVID-19 vaccination at the University of Louisville Hospital on Monday

FLORIDA: Nurse Vanessa Arroyo gets her vaccine shot at Tampa General Hospital
LOUISIANA: Chief nursing officer Debbie Ford is comforted by a pharmacist after receiving the vaccine shot at Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans

FLORIDA: Nurse Vanessa Arroyo gets her vaccine shot at Tampa General Hospital (left)

Christy Ruffell, left, manager of clinic nursing standards at UCHealth Medical Center, administers the Covid-19 vaccine to CNA Luis Perez at UCHealth Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins on Monday

Christy Ruffell, left, manager of clinic nursing standards at UCHealth Medical Center, administers the Covid-19 vaccine to CNA Luis Perez at UCHealth Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins on Monday

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar described Monday's vaccine distribution as 'historic' and said he'll watch frontline health care workers get vaccinated in Washington DC.

'I'm just excited that I'm going to get to see some frontline health care workers today, as part of the plan to George Washington Hospital vaccination, and get to see them getting vaccinated - some of the first people in the county,' Azar told NBC's Today.

Azar predicted that Americans will be able to just go into their pharmacy by late February to get a COVID-19 vaccine, similar to how the flu vaccine is administered.

'I think we could be seeing that (general public vaccination) by late February going into March. It really, again, is going to be up to our nation's governors, but with the Moderna and Pfizer vaccine, we'll have, as I said, as many as 100 million shots in arms by the end of February.' 

The Trump administration is now rushing to roll out its $250 million vaccination public education campaign - Building Vaccine Confidence - in the same week that the first Americans received initial doses.

The public campaign, which includes a wave of advertisements, will begin this week across the country and is targeting those who are hesitant to take the vaccine but could be persuaded to, the New York Times reports.

It was delayed six weeks after health secretary Azar ordered an internal review following scrutiny from Democrats.

The initial campaign, which Democrats said was propaganda for Trump's reelection, was supposed to feature celebrities like Dennis Quaid and Billy Ray Cyrus.

Mark Weber, the federal official who is behind the campaign, said it will now be a 'science-based approach'. 

'This is exciting; the vaccines have been developed in record time,' he said. 'But we have to be careful not to generate demand before they are available to the broader public.'  

Weber, who has a marketing degree, said the campaign was battling a 'credibility factor right now'.

Dr Anthony Fauci also acknowledged the challenges given the divisiveness currently within the US.

'When you have an anti-science element together with a divisiveness in the country, it will be challenging,' he said. 'But you know, we've done challenging things before.' 

Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla admitted this morning that he was initially skeptical the drugmaker could even produce the vaccine at such historic speeds. 

'I was hoping, I was aspiring and I was driving everything so we could do it. But deep inside me I thought it was a very stretch goal and there is a small possibility to make it but we made it,' he told CNBC's Squawk Box.  


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