Fauci told CNN’s Chris Cuomo on Thursday: “When you put the pedal on the floor, you can finish it.”
At the current rate of vaccination, this necessary threshold will not be reached until February 2022, but Fauci said officials must and will do so by “establishing community vaccine centers, allowing pharmacies to fully participate, and using mobile units to access places with inconvenient transportation.” Increase the speed of production and distribution. local. “
Fauci’s assessment provides a glimmer of hope, as the forecast predicts that the number of deaths from the virus will exceed 500,000 within the next month.
He said: “The only way to solve the problem is to have it.”
Seniors wait for hours in Los Angeles
According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than one million coronavirus vaccines were injected on Thursday, which is the second time in a day.
Although this brings the total dose to more than 17.5 million doses, officials say they are not getting the vaccine fast enough to meet demand.
Georgia Governor Brian Kemp said that in Georgia, officials are seeing a large number of cases, hospitalizations and deaths, and the 120,000 doses allocated to the state each week are not enough to vaccinate the elderly and other high-risk residents. .
Kemp said: “Our demand will far exceed supply.”
The agency told CNN on Thursday that supply restrictions in New York City meant that there were not enough vaccinations for the New York Police Department and FDNY members. FDNY said it is still enough for people who have already made appointments and who have received the first dose of treatment.
Mayor Eric Garcetti said the team at the Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Thursday was crowded with people over 65, some of whom waited five hours.
He said: “May have to wait…so please use the restroom beforehand, bring water and snacks, and make sure the gas tank is full or the car is full of electricity.”
US President Joe Biden selected surgeon Vivek Murthy to say that the United States needs to do more to speed up vaccination.
Mersey told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer: “We can’t take a year to reach the critical vaccination level that this country requires.” “We have to be early. reach there.”
KFF President and CEO Drew Altman (Drew Altman) said at a press conference on Friday that most Americans do not know when and where they can get the vaccine, including older Americans, who already have Eligible to be vaccinated in more and more states. Many people feel frustrated, angry and confused. ”
New vaccine may be coming soon
Officials hope that the new coronavirus vaccine will be approved and help speed up management.
Currently, the United States has approved Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.
However, Johnson & Johnson is conducting “very large-scale” clinical trials and plans to “provide sufficient vaccines for 100 million Americans by spring,” board member Dr. Mark McClellan told CNBC on Thursday.
Dr. Fauci said that after obtaining emergency use authorization from the FDA, the company’s vaccine is “just around the corner.”
He said: “There may be two weeks away from viewing the data, for the FDA to assess whether we are in a situation where we can move on and start thinking about releasing it to the public,” he said. .
He said that the new vaccine will have advantages. Fauci said it will be completed in one go, and there is no need to stay in a cold climate because the cold climate makes the storage and transportation of existing vaccines so difficult.
Fauci said: “AstraZeneca does not yet exist. You know that this is a product that is being tested in multiple countries, but although it is a bit behind, it is not too behind.”
Chief Counsel Moncef Slaoui said that the Federal Government’s “Warp Spreading Action” plan last week expressed hope that it would be approved by the end of March.
“Hopefully this vaccine will be effective again, as the trials conducted in Brazil and the United Kingdom have shown,” Sloy said. “So maybe it will be approved somewhere in the second half of March, and a lot of doses can be used at that time.”
CNN’s Michael Nedelman, Deidre McPhillips, Maria Cartaya, Lindsay Benson, Lauren Mascarenhas, Alexandra Meeks, Evan Simko-Bednarski, Andrea Diaz, Jacqueline Howard and Nick Neville contributed to this report.