Dr Anthony Fauci, the country’s leading infectious disease specialist, said on Thursday that the United States’ efforts to roll out COVID-19 vaccines to Americans have so far been poor.
About 12.4 million doses of the vaccine were distributed in states while only 2.8 million people received the first of two doses of the vaccine, according to data from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This is far from the 20 million that President Donald Trump’s team hoped to have been administered by the end of the year.
“Obviously that hasn’t happened, and it’s disappointing,” Fauci, who serves on Trump’s coronavirus task force, said in an interview with the Today television show.
“I hope that at the start of the first two weeks of January the ramp-up will get us to where we want to be. But there really needs to be a lot more effort in terms of resources for the locals,” a- he declared. . “There really needs to be a lot more effort in terms of resources for people – namely, states, cities, counties – the places where the vaccine actually enters the arms of individuals.”
The United States is currently distributing two vaccines – one from Pfizer-BioNTech and one from Moderna – as it grapples with a record number of COVID-related deaths and cases. As of Tuesday, 3,744 people lost their lives to the disease, while about 229,000 others were confirmed to be infected, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
During the pandemic, more than 19.8 million people have contracted the novel coronavirus in the United States while 343,818 people have lost their lives.
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