According to the overall forecast issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 32,000 people are expected to die from the virus in the next three weeks.
Pennsylvania officials say the number of hospitalizations is nearly double the peak in the spring. The governor of Louisiana said earlier this week that infections and hospitalizations in the state were “rising sharply.” In Arizona, officials reported a record number of Covid-19 hospitalizations and intensive care units on Tuesday.
Thousands of infections are added to the country’s statistics every day. Since the beginning of this month, the United States has reported more than 3 million new infections.
Los Angeles officials responded to the warnings of other leaders, adding: “They have not yet fully seen the effects of transmission from around Christmas to Christmas.”
States are expanding the group eligible for vaccination
Some experts encourage states to open vaccine qualifications to more groups to help accelerate vaccine management.
Officials announced on Wednesday that in New Jersey, residents 65 years and older and residents between 16 and 64 years old and suffering from certain chronic diseases are now eligible to sign up for vaccinations. California has also expanded its eligibility guidelines to residents over 65 years of age. The state’s health department’s press release added that medical staff and residents of long-term care facilities remain the top priority for vaccines in California.
Governor Gavin Newsom (Gavin Newsom) said in a statement: “There is no higher priority than to distribute these vaccines to those facing the most serious consequences as soon as possible, efficiently and fairly.” People who are eligible to start vaccination are those over 65 years old. For those who have not yet received the vaccine, it is your turn. “
Prior to the announcement, Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves and other state leaders also announced the news. He said earlier this week that residents over 65 or those with pre-existing diseases can make appointments for Covid-19 vaccination.
Reeves said: “My first task is not to fight this epidemic with stricter and stricter orders.” “It is getting better and better at distributing vaccines. This is our focus now.”
Opening of mass vaccination center
While expanding the list of people who can be vaccinated, states have also proposed more options for residents to be vaccinated.
He said: “The plan is being implemented.” He added that after the plan is passed, New York City will release more details.
De Blasio’s announcement came about one day before he and New York Mets owner Steve Cohen announced that they would build a giant 24-hour vaccine field at Citi Field in Queens later this month.
Officials said in Hawaii on Wednesday that they will open two new Covid-19 mass vaccination sites, and they hope to vaccinate 3,000 to 4,000 people every day within a few weeks.
The acting chairman of the county board of supervisors, Andrew Do, said at a news conference on Wednesday that the site will be able to vaccinate 7,000 people every day.
This is how the pharmacy helps
Pharmacies will also play a key role in helping to manage vaccines.
On Wednesday, the head of one of the largest pharmacy chains in the United States expressed optimism that it could soon provide as many as one million doses of vaccine per day.
Karen Lynch, executive vice president of CVS Health, said at the annual JP Morgan Healthcare Conference on Wednesday: “We very much hope that the federal program will be opened as soon as possible and will establish more direct distribution channels in pharmacies nationwide.”
Lynch said that CVS can vaccinate 25 million times a month through its retail stores across the country.
Lynch added: “Our business scope is very wide.” The company’s 10,000 stores can cover about 85% of the US population.
Walgreens also said earlier this week that once the vaccine is available to a wider population, it is expected that the country will administer approximately 30 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine nationwide by the end of this summer.
The drugstore chain said it is hiring and training personnel, and improving digital and telephone booking capabilities to prepare for a wider vaccine launch.
Walgreens chief operating officer Alexander Gourlay said at the meeting: “We make sure that once the vaccine is on the market, everyone is ready. We believe it may be March or April.”
CNN’s Amanda Watts, Alexandra Meeks, Gregory Lemos, Lauren del Valle, Jamiel Lynch, Michael Nedelman and Sarah Moon contributed to this report.