Dr Yves Duroseau spent this morning reflecting on the making an attempt 12 months he, his colleagues, and his metropolis have been by. The head of emergency drugs at Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan, Duroseau has spent months caring for the desperately ailing, fearful for his personal security and that of his colleagues.
He is the primary physician – and the second healthcare employee – within the US to obtain a vaccine in opposition to the novel coronavirus, three days after the Food and Drug Administration granted emergency authorization of the Pfizer BioTech drug, in keeping with Northwell Health.
“Going in today, I was just feeling very hopeful,” Duroseau stated. He was one in every of 5 healthcare staff to obtain the vaccine shortly after 9am at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, a part of Northwell Health, in Queens, New York.
Frontline healthcare staff and aged nursing dwelling residents have been given precedence because the US rolls out the vaccine. Healthcare staff throughout the nation – together with in California, Texas and Florida – acquired their first doses of a two-dose inoculation as we speak.
For many, the vaccine comes solely after shedding colleagues. According to Lost on the Frontline, a partnership between the Guardian and Kaiser Health News, almost 1,500 US healthcare staff seem to have died after engaged on the frontlines of the pandemic.
Many received sick as hospitals have been unable to supply enough personal protective equipment, akin to N95 respirators; a few of those that have been contaminated have been requested to report to work amid staffing shortages; untold others are nonetheless coping with the psychological and emotional toll of engaged on the frontlines.
Members of the media report the historic second on 14 December. Photograph: Brendan McDermid/Reuters
Duroseau stated he was lucky to remain wholesome through the pandemic, regardless of a grueling 12 months through which a few of his colleagues within the emergency division grew to become contaminated,