At current vaccination rates, this necessary threshold will not be reached until February 2022, but Mr. Fauci said agencies should and will increase production and distribution by establishing common vaccination centers, fully engaging pharmacies and using mobile units to reach hard-to-reach locations.
Fauci’s estimate offers a glimmer of hope, as forecasters estimate that the number of deaths from the virus will likely reach 500,000 over the next month.
The only way to solve the problem is to own it, he said. Everyone is wearing masks, everyone is adhering to public health measures, getting vaccinated as soon as possible, doing everything they can to make the doses available and get them into people’s hands.
Retirees spend hours in Los Angeles
More than a million doses of the coronavirus vaccine were administered Thursday – the second time in one day, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
And while that’s more than 17.5 million doses, officials say they can’t get the vaccine fast enough to meet demand.
According to Governor Brian Kemp, Georgia has a high number of cases, hospitalizations and deaths, and the 120,000 doses per week allocated to the state are not enough to vaccinate the elderly and other at-risk residents.
According to Mr Kemp, we will always have a much higher demand than supply.
Supply restrictions in New York City mean there aren’t enough doses to vaccinate NYPD and FDNY members, CNN reported on Thursday. For those who have already made an appointment and those who have already received their first dose, there is still much to do, FDNY said.
Lineups at Los Angeles’ Dodger Stadium were packed on Thursday, mostly by people over 65, and some waited five hours for the vaccine, Mayor Eric Garcetti said.
There could be an expectation… So go to the bathroom beforehand, bring water and snacks, and make sure your gas tank is full or your car is loaded, he said.
President Joe Biden’s pick of Dr. Vivek Murthy, surgeon general, said the United States should do more to speed up immunization.
We can’t take a year to reach the critical level of immunization that we need in this country, Murthy told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer. We should get there early.
Despite reports that many people are in line, about six out of 10 Americans don’t know when or where to get the coronavirus vaccine, according to a new report from the Kaiser Family Foundation.
Most Americans don’t know when or where they can get vaccinated, including older Americans who are already eligible in a growing number of states, KFF President and CEO Drew Altman said Friday in a press release. It is understandable that many people are frustrated, angry and confused.
New vaccines may be under development
Officials hope the new coronavirus vaccines will be licensed and administered more quickly.
Pfizer and Moderna’s vaccines are now approved in the United States.
Yet Johnson & Johnson is conducting a very large clinical trial and expects to have enough vaccine for 100 million Americans by spring, board member Dr. Mark McClellan told CNBC Thursday.
Dr. Fauci said the company’s vaccine is about to receive emergency approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
The FDA will likely review the data in a few weeks to see if we’re in a situation where we can move forward and think about making it public, he said.
The new vaccine will have benefits, he said. It will come in a single injection and will not have to remain in the cold climate that has made it so difficult to store and transport existing vaccines, Fauci said.
AstraZeneca is not there yet, you know it’s being tested in different countries, but it’s a little late, but not too late, Fauci said.
Last week, the federal government stated that it hopes to obtain approval for the War Speed program by the end of March, said Chief Counsel Moncef Slaoui.
Hopefully, the vaccine will be effective again, as studies in Brazil and Britain have shown, Slaoui said. It is therefore likely that approval will come by the end of March and that a significant number of doses will be available at that time.
Michael Nedelman, Deirdre McPhillips, Maria Cartagia, Lindsay Benson, Lauren Mascarenhas, Alexandra Meeks, Evan Simko-Bednarski, Andrea Diaz, Jacqueline Howard, and Nick Neville contributed to this report.