Why US Vaccine Numbers Took a Dip and Why it Might Not Mean Much
An important metric for understanding the state of the American Coronavirus vaccine rollout dipped on Tuesday. Should this be a cause for concern?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, for the first time in a week, the average of seven days of daily new reports given to Americans has dropped by about 1.32 million. (Numbers are viewable This is the New York Times Chart) is.
The one-day totals have declined since hitting 1.69 million doses administered on 30 January. In comparison, the total for one day for Tuesday was around 558,000.
But in an interview on Wednesday, Jennifer nojoAn epidemiologist at Johns Hopkins University said it was too early to be worried – and he emphasized that the trend towards long-term vaccination is heading in the right direction.
Dr. Nazo said a large snowstorm that hit the Northeast this week has affected the number of doses administered. For example, New York State on Tuesday canceled vaccine appointments at several state-run sites, and New Jersey closed six of its vaccine “mega-sites” on both Monday and Tuesday.
In addition, some states only report their vaccine data to the CDC once a week, meaning that some large fractions of administered vaccines may still not be reflected in the data.
General slope for vaccination administration, Drs. Nazo said, climbing steadily upwards since December. She said she was relatively confident that the US could soon achieve a level of 1.5 million shots a day, as President Biden has called.
“I mean, we’ve had a few days that we’ve gone through it, so I think we’re on our way.”
A professor of medicine and epidemiology at the University of California, Los Angeles, Drs. Timothy Brewer said it was difficult to draw any conclusions about the recent dip. “What you really want to feel is what’s trending over time,” he said, “it’s getting better.”
So far, the federal government has distributed approximately 52.7 million vaccines to states, territories and federal agencies. But the rollout is rife with frustration, confusion and poor communication.
Recently, thousands of people across the country learned that their appointments were abruptly canceled after vaccinations to local health departments and other distributors fell short Of expectations.
Earlier this week, the federal government announced that it would soon send one million vaccine doses to about 6,500 retail pharmacies, the start of a program that would deliver the vaccine directly to 40,000 drug stores and grocery stores. First shipment February 11, Jeffrey D. Zeers, Kovid-19 response coordinator of the White House, Said on tuesday.
This would mark the beginning of a new phase in the vaccination campaign in the United States. The effort so far has been concentrated in health care facilities and sites such as stadiums, but will shift to smaller, more localized settings.