Infectious disease expert Dr. Kimberly (Kimberly) Due to the surge in cases, a hospital in Southern California faces the possibility of allocating a limited number of ICU beds and treatment equipment, which means that health care providers may have to decide who will receive treatment and who will not. receive treatment. Shriner told CNN on Sunday.
Shrina said that if the case continues to rise in the coming weeks, Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena will prepare for a “final diversion.”
With the wave of holiday travel, health experts expect cases will only increase. TSA said more than 1.1 million people were checked at the airport on Saturday. More than 616,000 films were shown on Christmas Day alone, and thousands of people went there in the days before the holiday.
Dr. Anthony Fauci described the potential impact of the holidays as “waves higher than waves.”
Fauci said: “If you look at the slope, it is the tilt of the case we experienced when we entered late autumn and soon arrived early winter, which is really disturbing.”
He added: “As we move into the next few weeks, the situation may actually get worse.”
The complexity of each step of vaccine distribution
According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 2 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine have been administered in the United States, and 9.5 million doses have been distributed.
When asked about the apparently slow introduction of vaccines, Fauci told CNN on Sunday that large-scale integrated vaccine programs with new vaccines started to slow before they were developed.
He said: “I am very confident that as we gain more and more momentum, from December to January to February to March transition, I believe that we will catch up with this forecast.”
Dr. Esther Choo, professor of emergency medicine at Oregon Health and Science University, explained that vaccine distribution is “just a very complicated thing”.
Choo said: “In each step, there are complexities, and there may be delays, whether it is individual country planning, distribution, training, vaccine supply, storage…At this stage, there are too many factors.”
Choo said: “We need to be prepared for this fact because it will be rolled out slowly in many places and will not change our behavior or inevitably change the country’s fashion trends in the short term.”
Because the vaccine may not be widely available until the summer, many experts warn Americans not to relax their vigilance when starting the vaccination, continue to wear masks, stay away from society, avoid crowds and wash their hands regularly.
Move goal posts to improve cattle immunity
Fauci said on Sunday that 70% to 85% of the population needs to be immunized for the vaccine to take root and achieve immunity to cattle.
Fauci admitted that the statement is changing his goal posts that were previously set at 70% to 75%.
He said: “We must be aware that we must be humble and aware of things we don’t know.” “These are pure estimates, and the calculations I made are 70% to 75%, which is a range.”
Fauci said: “The range will be between 70% and 85%,” he added. He first said 70% to 75%, and then bought up to 85% of the price. The reason he said this is not a big one. leap. Based entirely on measles calculations and pure inference. ”
Fauci said that the effective rate of measles vaccine is about 98%. When less than 90% of the population is vaccinated against measles, a breakthrough will be made in the immunity of the herd and people will begin to be infected.
He said: “Therefore, I estimate that Covid-19 SARS-CoV-2 is not as capable of spreading as measles. Measles is the most spread infection you can imagine.” “So, I think you will need less than 90%. One point, this is where I am 85 years old.”
‘We do believe that the vaccine will be effective against this variant’
Although there may be a risk of a variant of the coronavirus entering the United States from the UK, a US official said that Americans can still use the same mitigation measures to protect themselves.
Admiral Brett Girol, Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, told Fox News on Sunday: “We believe this vaccine will be effective against this mutation.”
Jorill said that the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced last week a new test requirement for travelers from the United Kingdom. The United States has “extra protection” for this, and the requirement will take effect on Monday.
Within 72 hours of boarding a flight from the United Kingdom to the United States, passengers must undergo a PCR or antigen test negative and provide a laboratory result certificate. The airline is required to confirm the test before flying.
Giroyle told Fox: “I think we will be very safe with these vaccines because we will once again launch a vaccine that is highly effective against all strains.”
Although Fauci said it could be argued that a decision should be made earlier, he called the test “prudential.”
CNN’s Christina Maxouris, Hollie Silverman, Naomi Thomas, Virginia Langmaid and Pete Muntean contributed to this report.