The race to vaccinate millions of Americans against COVID-19 is starting slowly, with just 2.8 million Americans having received a vaccine before the last day of 2020, putting the United States away from the government’s goal of vaccinating 20 million people this month.
About 14 million doses of Pfizer and Moderna vaccines have so far been distributed to states, federal officials told reporters on Wednesday.
The gunfire is reaching residents of nursing homes at an even slower rate than others on the front lines, even though they are most likely to die from the virus.
Only 170,000 people in long-term care facilities have received an injection as of Dec. 30, while 2.2 million doses have been distributed to residents, according to data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Remember the outrage over the rollout of Obama’s healthcare website? While waiting for the vaccine!
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Terry Beth Hadler was so eager to get his COVID-19 vaccine to save lives that the 69-year-old piano teacher stood in line overnight in a parking lot with hundreds of other seniors.
Hadler told the Associated Press news agency that she would no longer do this.
Hadler said she waited 2 p.m. and a scuffle almost broke out before dawn Tuesday when people lined up outside the library in Bonita Springs, Fla., Where officials were offering photos based on the first come, first served for people 65 years of age or older.
“I’m afraid the event was a super-spreader,” she said. “I was petrified.
Goal not achieved
Overworked and underfunded state health services are struggling to re-create their vaccine delivery plans. Counties and hospitals have taken different approaches, resulting in long queues, confusion, frustration, and blocked phone lines.
On December 4, FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn told Reuters news agency that vaccinating 20 million Americans by the end of the year was realistic, according to the vaccination campaign.
Since then, officials have said they are determined to make enough doses available without commenting on the goals of actual vaccinations, as it has become clear that inoculations are below the number of doses dispensed.
A host of logistical challenges complicated the process of pushing back scourge that has killed more than 340,000 people in the United States, according to the Johns Hopkins University tally.
Dr Ashish Jha, health policy researcher and dean of the Brown University School of Public Health, said the main problem is that states are not receiving adequate financial or technical support from the federal government.
Jha told the PA News that the Trump administration, primarily the Department of Health and Human Services, has bankrupted states.
“There is still a lot of work for the states to do,” he said, “but you need a much more active role from the federal government than they have been willing to do. They have said widely to states, “It is your responsibility. Understand it. ”
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis asked for patience on Wednesday, noting that the vaccine supply is limited.
“It might not be today for everyone, maybe not next week. But over the next few weeks, as long as we continue to get the supply, you’ll have the opportunity to get it, ”DeSantis said.
A spokesperson for the US Department of Health and Human Services said in a statement that “the rapid availability and delivery of so many doses – with 20 million first doses allocated for distribution just 18 days after the first vaccine has obtained the emergency use authorization – testifies to the success of Operation Warp Speed ”.
Doses that have been assigned but not distributed will be shipped in January.
The government has said that for every dose shipped, it keeps a second dose in reserve as well as a safety stock, which would bring the total number of vaccine doses closer to 40 million.
U.S. vaccinations for the nation’s 21 million healthcare workers began on December 14. Immunizations for the country’s three million nursing home residents, who are also in the first priority group, began shortly after.
Some 51 million essential frontline workers in the United States, such as firefighters, police and teachers, as well as people over the age of 75, are expected to be the next to receive a vaccine, a CDC advisory committee has recommended. .