The United States will soon be immunized against the new coronavirus, but the United Kingdom will get there sooner. This is because medical leaders across the pond put the first dose of vaccine first, delaying the booster injection so that more people can get the first injection. 59% of British adults now receive a dose of the vaccine, while only 38% in the United States
Much more Americans have received full vaccination. 21% of them have received booster immunization or Johnson & Johnson’s one shot. In the UK, the only option is two doses of vaccine, and only 8% of adults are fully immunized.
In both countries, the daily death toll peaked in January. The number of deaths in the United States was 3,352 on January 12, and the number of deaths in the United Kingdom was 1
Many public health experts believe that the United States should adopt a “one dose is better than nothing” approach, including Ashish Jha of Brown University, Robert Wachter of the University of California, and Christopher Gill of Boston University. Even Michael Osterholm of the University of Minnesota, known for President Biden, suggested postponing the second dose. He told the “Star Tribune”: “We can vaccinate more people in the age group over 65.” “I think the data will support that this is actually a very effective method.”
But Anthony Fauci publicly opposed. Dr. Fauci warned once that the “danger” may stem from the concern for the first dose. In a White House briefing on February 19, Dr. Fauci played down the Israeli single-dose study. White House senior adviser Andy Slavitt told reporters: “We will not be persuaded by a study that happens to make headlines.”