The top US infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci called on the federal government Thursday to deploy more resources to vaccinate Americans after the country failed to meet its goal of vaccinating 20 million people by the end of the year.
“We’d love to see it work smoothly and have 20 million doses in people today, by the end of 2020, which was a projection,” Fauci said.
He told NBC, “Obviously it didn’t happen, which is disappointing.” In an interview.
The failure of the United States to achieve the goal of distributing the vaccine at the end of the year comes with mounting concerns about the newly identified strain of Covid-19 virus circulating in the United Kingdom, which was reported to exist. I got to the United States This week, with cases in Colorado and California.
More than 14 million vaccine doses have been distributed in the United States, but only 2.1 million people have been vaccinated. Commanders said From the federal vaccine program, Operation Warp Speed, at a press conference Wednesday.
“We know it has to be better and we are working hard to improve it,” said Moncef Salawi, senior advisor for Warp Speed.
The 2.1 million figure may be underestimated due to the reporting delay. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on Wednesday that 2.6 million people had received their first dose.
FauciThe head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIADE), said that to increase vaccine distribution, the federal government needs to provide more resources to local governments charged with administering the vaccine.
“Specifically, states, cities, counties and places where the vaccine actually goes into the arms of individuals,” Fauci said. “We have to support local groups, states and cities to help them accomplish this mission.”
The United States has recorded 19.7 million cases of Covid-19 and more than 342,400 people have died from the infection, According to Johns Hopkins University.
December was the deadliest month in the country since the pandemic began in early 2020, and health officials have warned that January could be worse.
Fauci said it was “inevitable” that the new variant, called B.1.1.7, would arrive in the US due to the high level of infections in the country.
He said: When it comes to that New variable It has been shown to be more effective in spreading person-to-person, and has not shown signs of being more harmful and has not demonstrated an ability to evade protection from vaccines used. “The good news is that it doesn’t appear to be more virulent, specifically making people sicker and leading to more deaths,” Fauci said.
The new surrogate was identified in a Colorado man in his twenties working as a member of the National Guard supporting a nursing home. According to the state Department of Health, he did not have a travel record.
Although the new variant was not found in the United States until this week, the CDC said it may already be spreading across the country. The agency said it had not identified the variant in the sequencing effort, but its labs only had access to a small fraction of the Covid-19 cases in the country and may not have picked them up yet.
The United States has recorded more coronavirus cases and deaths than any other country. On Tuesday, President-elect Joe Biden criticized the Trump administration’s efforts to distribute vaccines.
“A few weeks ago, the Trump administration suggested that 20 million Americans could be vaccinated by the end of December,” Biden said. “With only a few days left in December, we’ve only vaccinated a few million so far.”
Fauci said he hoped to increase vaccine distribution in the first weeks of January.
“Hopefully as we look to 2021, as we approach the year, with a mixture of vaccines and appropriate adherence to public health measures, we can end this thing and crush it, the same way we did with other outbreaks like polio, measles and other important infectious diseases.” That is the goal. We hope to achieve it. “