US will have to work double time to make up for Covid-19 vaccine weather delays, Fauci says
“It has slowed down in some places,” said Fausi, the country’s top infectious disease specialist, in an interview on Thursday, MSNBC said. “
He said, “We’re just going to make up for it, because as the weather progresses a little bit, the snow melts and we can get trucks out, and people go out and put vaccines in people’s arms . ” “We’re just going to make up for it, ie double time when this thing is cleared up.”
Many states have reported delays in vaccine delivery and delivery, forcing providers to cancel or reschedule appointments for vaccination. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) said on Thursday that more than 2,000 vaccine sites are in power-deficient areas.
The city’s health department said in a release Thursday that Houston, which is suffering from power shortages and water problems during the storm, plans to begin vaccinations on Saturday and Sunday.
The second dose of Pfizer and Modern vaccines was recommended to be taken first, 21 days and 28 days later, respectively. So, do not panic if your appointment to cancel the second dose is canceled due to the weather. there’s still time.
Both UPS and FedEx told CNN that they are working to distribute the vaccines.
UPS says that despite the winter storm, there are “comprehensive contingency plans” to complete vaccine deliveries. Spokeswoman Glenn Zakara reported that the CNN company was in “regular and frequent contact” with federal agencies and vaccine manufacturers, “often hourly.”
Meanwhile, FedEx said it is prioritizing coronavirus vaccine deliveries, and is working with the parties waiting on shipment. But “prolonged severe weather continues to have great impact on FedEx network.”
How many people have been vaccinated here
His promise reflects earlier announcements that the US was on track to have enough vaccines for 300 million Americans by the end of July.
In fact all those who will be vaccinated will be more likely to be vaccinated, according to Fauci. “It may take a few months extra time to get everyone vaccinated, probably towards the end of summer,” he told CNN.
Work is going on to provide vaccines to younger patients also.
Pfizer / BioNTech’s vaccine has been granted emergency use authorization by the US Food and Drug Administration for people 16 and older, but the companies will be offered Kovid-19 for children between 5 and 11 years old over the next few months. The vaccine study is expected to begin, according to a news release.
Additionally, companies say they have plans to study the vaccine in children younger than 5 years old this year.
The ongoing trial for children between the ages of 12 and 15 has been fully enrolled, and the companies say the data could be submitted to regulatory authorities in the second quarter of 2021.
Blacks and Hispanic people are receiving fewer vaccinations than white people in most states
Researchers at the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) analyzed state-level data for 34 states that collect demographic information on the Kovid-19 vaccination as of 16 February.
In most of those states, Blacks and Hispanic people received smaller shares of vaccination than their share of cases, deaths, and percentages of the population, the researchers noted. The opposite is true for white people in most states.
In Texas, for example, Hispanic people account for 42% of coronovirus cases, 47% of Kovid-19 deaths and 40% of the state’s population – but they have received only 20% of vaccinations.
In 27 states that report ethnicity data for those receiving at least one dose of the vaccine, White people have been vaccinated three times more than Hispanic people and two times more than Black people.
The KFF team stated that some states do not record vaccinated race or ethnicity.
US has 2 tools to fight variants
The CDC may have jeopardized the continued spread of variants jeopardizing the progress we have made in the past month. Director Dr. Rochelle Wallensky said during a White House briefing.
But, by reducing the number of cases, the US will “give fewer opportunities for variants to proliferate and fewer opportunities for new variants to emerge,” she said.
But Fauci told CNN on Wednesday night that the US has two powerful tools that can help against its spread and take the country out of the epidemic tunnel.
“There are two ways we can compete, to do those types of public health interventions that we talk about all the time,” he said, such as wearing masks, social disturbances, away from congested areas Staying and washing hands regularly.
“But as the weeks and months pass, as you get more and more people vaccinated, you have a vaccine that works against this version,” Fauci said.
“So if we roll out the vaccine … and get as many people vaccinated as quickly as we possibly can, while we maintain public health measures, we should live well,” Fauci said .
It won’t be easy, he warned, because of the communicability of the variants – that’s why “we have to act quickly on that,” Fauci said.
CDC director warns against travel
Meanwhile, amid repeated warnings by Americans to continue the security measures, the CDC director appealed to the American public to refrain from traveling, even domestically.
Asked about Before domestic flights will have any guidance from the CDC about the Kovid-19 test, Valensky said the US does not conduct tests that would be possible.
“You shouldn’t travel anyway,” he said.
But the US has recently seen some of its busiest air travel days since the holidays.
The TSA screened more than 967,000 people at airports on Monday and over 738,000 on Tuesday.
CNN’s Michael Nedelman, Pete Muntian, Andrea Diaz, Rebekah Rees, Andrea Diaz, Amanda Seeley, John Bonifield and Lauren Mascarenhas contributed to this report.