A kindFrustration over the speed at which the Covid-19 vaccine is introduced continues to intensify. Health officials in Colorado reported on Tuesday that the United States has found the first known case of a Covid-19 variant in the United Kingdom.
The British variant seems to spread more easily than other virus variants seen so far, and has been found in many countries/regions around the world. The currently isolated Colorado case is a man in his 20s who has not left the country. The lack of travel records means that he was infected with the virus in the United States, which indicates that the new variant has not been found to spread here.
This finding will only increase the urgency of the ongoing Covid-1
President-elect Biden punishes the Trump administration for the slow rollout of its vaccine in Tuesday’s speech.He warned The distribution and management of vaccines by government authorities “has not gone as expected,” and if the pace of vaccination continues, “it will take years instead of months to vaccinate the American people.”
He promised to “move the world and move us in the right direction”, and foretells many policy measures he may take during the first 100 days of his term, including using the National Defense Products Law to speed up vaccine production and launch public health awareness campaigns. And send mobile vaccination units to hard-to-reach communities. Biden also reiterated his previous commitment to ensure that 100 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine are taken during the first 100 days in office.
However, he seeks to also ease expectations.
Biden said: “This will take more time than anyone wants, and it will take more time than the promise made by the Trump administration.” “This will be the biggest operation we have ever faced as a country. Challenge, but we will do it well. This will require a lot of new work, but it has not yet been done.”
In an interview earlier this month, Moncef Slaoui, the chief consultant in charge of vaccine development and distribution, said that 20 million Americans will be vaccinated against Covid-19 in December. The vaccine will be vaccinated against Covid-19.
Michael Pratt, chief communications officer of Operation Warp Speed, insisted that vaccine distribution has proceeded as planned. He said that Slaoui and others’ previous forecasts only referenced the number of doses that are expected to be available by the end of this year, not the number of vaccines planned for the first week of launch.
“The warp running speed is still expected to reach about 40 million doses of vaccine, and 20 million doses of the first vaccination will be allocated by the end of December 2020. With the order of 20 million doses of the first dose of vaccine by the states, the vaccine will last until 1 The first week of the month. They,” Pratt said.
Pratt pointed out that the lag in data reporting is part of the reason for the huge gap between the number of vaccines delivered to states and the number of vaccines actually vaccinated. However, state data compiled by The New York Times also shows that most states only receive a small percentage of the vaccines they receive.
Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said on CNN on Monday: “We are below what we want to achieve.” Responsible, I personally cannot guarantee that we will catch up. I hope we do.”
However, some vaccine experts said they were not surprised by the speed of vaccine distribution so far.
Paul Offit, a professor of pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, told STAT: “It must be done this way.” “We had to trip and stumble and figure this out.”
Claire Hannan, executive director of the Association of Immunization Managers, said that some of the gap between administration and dose may be due to a program implemented by CVS and Walgreens to vaccinate nursing homes. Countries participating in the plan must set aside 50% of their dose, Hannan said, which may account for part of the difference between the delivered dose and the nationally administered dose.
She said of the release speed so far: “I don’t think it’s bad.” “I think it will always be like this. I think this is actually the easy part.”
The logistics of deployment are mainly at the discretion of each state. State and local public health officials have been warning for months that they will need more than $8 billion in additional funds to support the infrastructure needed to manage vaccines. The Trump administration instead provided $340 million in funding to states to prepare for vaccination. It also took several months for members of Congress to allocate additional funds to approve vaccine distribution, even though President Trump’s coronavirus stimulus plan signed on Sunday included $8 billion in funding.
“When we do need a lot of capital investment, we are doing our best.” Ann Lewandowski of the Wisconsin Rural Health Cooperative said: “This is really amazing. These needs should have been addressed six months ago, so we are continuing to promote the system. Will not continue to build it. ”
Ashish Jha, Dean of the Brown University School of Public Health, tweeted: “There seems to be no investment or plan for the last mile.” “The Federal Reserve has made no effort to help states launch real vaccination infrastructure. Does the Federal Reserve not know that a vaccine is coming? Shouldn’t it be planned near the vaccination site in October or November?”
Some public health officials, including Tom Frieden, the former director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, have publicly attributed the pace of action to the leadership of the Quick Action organization. Warp Speed’s distribution work is led by military general and logistics expert Gus Perna, who has no previous experience in vaccination campaigns.
“What happens when the vaccination program is run by a person with zero vaccination experience appointed by the White House as a logistics program?” Frieden wrote on Twitter. “A bad start.”
Other public health leaders told STAT that a lack of communication with the federal government hindered their initial distribution efforts.
Anita Lundquist, executive director of pharmacy services at the Santa Cruz Regional Medical Center in Wisconsin, said she doesn’t know what kind of vaccine the center will receive, the dose of the vaccine, or the delivery time until it arrives on Monday. until. This uncertainty means that the hospital has to continue to reschedule the first vaccinations for staff. This also means that hospital officials must develop plans to manage Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, which require different storage options.
The Wisconsin Department of Health advised the Santa Croix Regional Medical Center to receive 200 doses of Pfizer vaccine at various times in December. Instead, they received 100 doses of Moderna, less than a quarter of the dose needed to vaccinate all clinical staff.
Lewandowski of the Wisconsin Rural Health Cooperative said those waiting for vaccine delivery must rely on their health department to update, because the federal government’s nationwide Tiberius tracking system can only monitor the location of doses through the state.
Lewandowski said: “The alert was not working ideally, and the communication between the CDC and the state was not ideal.” She said that a local hospital had anticipated their vaccine on Christmas Eve until repeated emails to the state health department. It was discovered that the dose was delayed due to an accident in a truck carrying FedEx.
Such last-minute delays have a major impact on schedules, especially since many health care systems plan vaccinations, so staff have a few days to recover from side effects. Lewandowski said: “Everything is gone.”
The snowstorm on the east coast last week may have slowed the distribution. Lundquist said that the Wisconsin Department of Health told the hospital that there was a delay in delivering the Moderna drug on time, which meant that hospitals that received the vaccine last Wednesday would only ship the vaccine on Monday or Tuesday.