At the state level, Texas officials reported a record hospitalization rate on Tuesday, with more than 11,700 Covid-19 patients across the state, and Georgia Governor Brian Kemp said that a temporary hospital may be opened in the next few days. The number of beds increased by 60.
In Los Angeles County, the number of hospitalizations reached a record high of nearly 7,200, an increase of nearly 1,000% from two months ago. With the surge in patients, some hospitals have run out of oxygen cylinders.
Epidemiologist Dr. Robert King Farley said: “I actually think we have surpassed the waves or waves. This is the viral tsunami we are experiencing.”
The Transportation Security Administration said that on Monday alone, more than 1.1 million people passed through airport security checkpoints across the country.
Dr. Jonathan Reiner, a professor of medicine at George Washington University, said: “The next few months will be terrible.” “We will lose 3,000 people every day, and maybe even more, maybe until we enter February. Then we should start to gain something.”
Experts say that although the ongoing vaccination still gives people hope, the process takes longer than many health officials hope, and it may take months for the country to start seeing meaningful influences.
Vaccination slower than officials expected
But Trump administration officials told CNN that the distribution of vaccines is on the right track and blamed the gap on the lag in reported data.
However, Dr. Celine Gounder, a member of the Biden-Harris transitional Covid-19 advisory board, said the speed of vaccination was “obviously unacceptable”.
Gund said: “We basically vaccinated 2 million people in two weeks, so one million people a week.” “At this rate, we will spend ten years vaccinating all Americans with Pfizer and Moderna. vaccine”
Dr. Anthony Fauci told CNN that the current number of vaccinations in the country is definitely not at the “level we hope to reach by the end of December”.
Fuchs, the long-term director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said: “Even if you count less, you may count less? So we are at the level we want to achieve.” “I believe that as we enter January, we Will see the momentum of growth… I hope I can catch up with the expected pace of what we said.”
Fauci said that the sooner this happens, the country can begin to approach the “open season” vaccination, where the vaccine can be widely used by the American public.
He added: “At the critical moment, basically anyone and everyone who wants to be vaccinated can be vaccinated. That is the time to truly reverse the dynamics of the epidemic.”
British variant found in Colorado
Officials said the case has been confirmed in a man in his twenties who is currently isolated and has no travel records.
Colorado Governor Jared Polis said in a statement: “We know a lot about this new Covid-19 variant, but British scientists warn the world that it is much more contagious. .”
An expert said that this variant is “almost certain” in multiple states.
Dr Atul Gawande, a member of the Biden-Harris Transition Covid-19 Advisory Board, said: “I think we will see this in the days to come.”
Gawande said that the Colorado native’s unknown travel history meant that “this person picked it up in the community.”
He added: “How common is the real problem.” “If it keeps spreading, how will it dominate?”
“We know this is a more contagious variant, and given that our hospitals, especially the intensive care unit, are already full, if it has only just begun to spread, this will be a serious problem.”
According to the CNN report, so far, at least 26 countries/regions have reported cases of this variant.
More than 2 million children have Covid-19
At the same time, child cases of Covid-19 continue to rise across the United States.
The latest report from the American Academy of Pediatrics and Children’s Hospital Association stated that there were more than 178,000 new Covid-19 cases among children in the week ending December 24.
This brings the total number of child cases to more than 2 million. Children now account for 12.4% of all Covid-19 cases in the United States.
According to the report, between December 10 and December 24, child cases increased by 22%.
CNN’s Greg Wallace, Shelby Lin Erdman, Andrea Diaz, Lindsay Benson, Raja Razek and Jennifer Selva contributed to this report.