Dr. Fauci Won't Do This One Thing to Get More People Vaccinated
Jan 08 2021
"I think the glitches have been worked out", the nation's top infectious disease expert told The Associated Press.
Dr. Anthony Fauci on Sunday acknowledged that the U.S. needs to play "catch up" with its rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine - blaming the botched distribution on "glitches".
Britain's mass vaccination program began December 8 with the shot developed by Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech. "There's no question that we have a shortage of medical personnel".
US Surgeon General Jerome Adams defends the Trump administration's vaccine rollout: "We did deliver on 20 million doses delivered, but you're always going to have more doses allocated versus delivered". That number is far below the government's goal of having 20 million people in the USA vaccinated by the end of December. "It needs to be data driven if they're going to make a change".
More than 20 million people have been infected in the United States and almost 350,000 have died, or one out of every 950 US residents, according to the CDC data on Sunday.
"A citywide school system might require it in some cities but not other cities". Instead, they can be kept in refrigerators, making them more feasible for the country.
Trump has claimed he deserves recognition for the record speed researchers took to develop two vaccines that were authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
By the time we get to the third quarter of 2021, namely the beginning of the fall, that hopefully we will get that critical number. "In the last 72 hours, they've gotten 1.5 million doses into people's arms, which is an average of about 500,000 a day, which is much better than the beginning when it was much, much less than that".
So far, the US has distributed 13 million doses of two vaccines produced by drug makers Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna throughout the country but only 4.2 million shots have ended up in the arms of Americans.
However, he expressed hope that the country will gain momentum by January.
"The goal of vaccinating 100 million people in the first 100 days [of 2021] is a realistic goal", Fauci added.
Americans are being vaccinated against COVID-19 in a program criticised as being slower than anticipated.
Initially, the United Kingdom planned to leave 21 days between the jabs.
Stephen Evans, a professor of pharmacoepidemiology at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, said policymakers are being forced to balance the potential risks and benefits in the middle of the disaster.