Joe Biden said in his office on Friday that when he takes office, he will release most of the available Covid-19 vaccine doses to speed up delivery to more people, contrary to Trump administration policy.
The move was the deadliest day since the US suffered the coronavirus pandemic on Thursday. More than 4,000 people have died from the virus, while warning that the situation may worsen this month.
According to data from Johns Hopkins University, the record daily death toll is 4,085. Since the beginning of the pandemic, the total number of deaths in the United States has exceeded 365,000, and the number of people infected with the disease exceeds 21.5 million – both The total number far exceeds that of any other country in the world.
“The president-elect believes that we must speed up vaccine distribution while continuing to ensure that Americans who need it most need it as soon as possible,” spokesman TJ Ducklo said in a statement. Biden “supports the immediate release of available doses and believes that the government should stop suppressing vaccine supply so that we can now make more shots in the arms of Americans.”
Under the practices of the Trump administration, the government has been suppressing the supply of vaccines to ensure that people can be vaccinated again to prevent Covid-19 to the greatest extent. Both Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna vaccines need to be re-injected approximately three weeks after the first vaccination. The disposable vaccine is still being tested.
After the first batch of vaccines were approved last month, people were hopeful that the country’s vaccination campaign started slowly. According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), of the 29.4 million doses distributed, approximately 5.9m has been administered, accounting for 27%.
The United Kingdom announced earlier this month that it would postpone the second dose of Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine. The move triggered criticism from the top US infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci. He said that although he could make arguments for this step, he would not approve.
Fauci will serve as Biden’s chief medical adviser to the U.S. President.
Biden has expressed dissatisfaction with the slow introduction of the vaccine. Before the last week of the speech, his election victory was certified by the US Congress. The president-elect stated that he intends to let the federal government assume a greater role to ensure that the vaccine will not only speed up vaccination, but the lens will become more Americans. Embrace.
Biden said: “The Trump administration’s plan to distribute vaccines is outdated-far behind.” “If development continues now, it will take years instead of months to vaccinate the American people.”
The American Hospital Association estimates that from January 1 to May 31, the United States will need to vaccinate 1.8 million people every day in order to achieve the goal of obtaining widespread immunity before the summer. This is also called “herd immunization” and will involve vaccination of at least 75% of the population.
Biden did not disclose details. His administration will launch a more aggressive vaccination campaign to increase the involvement and leadership of the federal government. Its goal is to manage 100 million guns in the first 100 days.
He said that he and the vice-president-elect, Kamala Harris, have spoken to the coordinated approach of relevant state and local leaders but grid efforts at all levels of government. These include: establishing vaccination centers and dispatching mobile vaccine units to difficult-to-reach communities.
Ducklow said that Biden will share more details on how his administration is involved in the pandemic after taking office on January 20 next week. CNN reported for the first time Biden’s plan to change the vaccine distribution plan.
In almost every corner of the United States, the number of Covid-19 cases is increasing, and the number of deaths is soaring. In Los Angeles County, one person now dies from the virus every eight minutes. According to the University of Washington’s forecast, 115,000 people will be killed nationwide in the next four weeks.
In an interview with NPR, Fauci said: “We believe that with the arrival of January, the situation will deteriorate.” “As we enter the next few weeks of January, this is likely to reflect holiday travel and the usual Gathering in social situations.”
Fauci said that in this case, Americans can “suppress acceleration” by keeping their distance from society and wearing masks. He said: “Now is not the time to back down.”
Fauci admits that vaccine sales have been slow so far.
The Trump administration had promised to vaccinate 20 million people by the end of December and distribute 40 million people nationwide. Francis Collins, President of the National Institutes of Health, told the Washington Post that the vaccine distribution work has begun to “rock”, and the next few weeks will be critical for “how we build and improve this distribution system.” “. It went more smoothly.”
Kentucky Public Health Commissioner Steven Stack (Steven Stack) said that the federal government’s messaging set unrealistic expectations for the rapid vaccine program. Stark said: “As a country, we promise too high, but delivery is insufficient.” He added that his state only promised a third of the vaccine.
He added that some people do not want to get gunfire. Stark said: “Sometimes, more than 30% of qualified people refuse to provide vaccines.” “It is necessary to maintain flexibility, otherwise we will not be vaccinated. Ultimately, compared with shooting certain weapons, voluntary weapons Shooting has a higher priority.”