Pharma News for December 7, 2020.

In yet another sign of the times, experts are warning to be on the lookout for scam vaccine treatments. The CDC and the FDA have stated that there are currently no approved treatments for the Covid-19 virus and have sent out hundreds of warning letters to companies and individuals who have said that they have a cure available. The vast majority of people will not have access to the vaccine, when it becomes available, until at least the summer. To make sure that people stay up to date, they can go to or for the latest information. (CNBC)

The Lancet (the UK version of the Journal of American Medical Association) has announced a successful peer review of the safety and efficacy of the Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine on Tuesday, December 8, the same day that same day that England has undertaken a mass vaccination program. The plan is to vaccinate front-line workers and the most venerable people (specifically the elderly) first and then roll it out to the rest of the population. (CNBC)

There have been two reported adverse reactions in the UK to the Covid-19 vaccine. While some negative reactions are not unexpected to a vaccination (given people react differently to medicine), UK health experts have warned that if anyone has significant allergies, they should refrain from getting the vaccine. (CNBC)

New Mexico has become the state in the counrty with the highest ICU rate at 103% capacity. Given the length of the pandemic, like every hospital that has been inundated with Covid-19 patients, they are suffering from shortages of equipment, basic protective gear, doctors, nurses, etc. This leads to a situation that many people don’t think about when they go to the hospital – the potential rationing of care. Before the pandemic when people went to the hospital they assumed, most likely without consciously thinking about it, they would receive whatever care the hospital thought necessary. Now, given the overwhelming number of patients and limited resources, decisions may have to be made by hospitals as to who gets the “all out” effort to save the life of a patient and the decision to make the last days of a patient as comfortable as possible. (CNBC)