There are reports that the administration of the outgoing former President Donald Trump has not developed any national vaccination plans for incoming President Joe Biden, and cities in New York, Mississippi and South Carolina have cancelled bookings due to lack of available vaccines. Vaccination appointment.
“The Trump administration has no plans or plans for distribution, how to actually talk about these vaccines and education with the public. [people] Dr. Michael Osterholm, an infectious disease expert at the University of Minnesota, is a member of the Associated Press’s Biden City Coronavirus Advisory Committee.
Biden’s COVID-19 coordinator, Jeff Zients, told reporters on Wednesday night: “What we inherited from the Trump administration is much worse than we thought.”
Biden announced his national coronavirus strategy on Thursday, which includes his already boasted goal of administering 100 million vaccine injections in the first 100 days of his tenure (ie, April 30).
However, although Biden signed an “Executive Order” on Thursday, citing the National Defense Production Act to increase vaccine production; another order instructs states to establish more vaccine centers in public places such as stadiums, convention centers, and pharmacies. , But health experts say that there is currently a lack of available vaccine doses that may take months to repair, and the misallocation of current available doses.
According to Politico, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that although about 38 million doses have been distributed, only about half have been administered, and there are still about 19 million unused doses.
At the White House COVID Working Group briefing on Thursday, infectious disease expert and Coronavirus Advisory Committee Dr. Anthony Fauci said: “This is something we need to study carefully,” he added, “The most disturbing thing is that the vaccine is lying down. .”
According to Politico, under the leadership of the Trump administration, the federal government did not inform the states of the expected dose and when the injection, allowing them to plan in an atmosphere of uncertainty.
Under the influence of this uncertainty, cities in all states across the country are canceling vaccination appointments due to insufficient doses.
According to NBC News, the Baptist Health South Florida has cancelled some of its 12,000 vaccination appointments. Officials in San Francisco, New York and New Jersey have also stated that their vaccination rates are very high. low.
According to Bloomberg and WGRZ, 26,300 such appointments have been cancelled in New York State.
On January 15, Beaufort Memorial Hospital in Beaufort, South Carolina cancelled 6,000 scheduled appointments, citing insufficient doses available. Although the hospital ordered more than 2,000 vaccines earlier this month, only 450 vaccines were provided to them.
On January 14, the Mississippi Department of Health (MSDH) stated that it will not be able to vaccinate all qualified people until it receives a new dose of the vaccine in mid-February.
MSDH’s announcement came the day before the state’s Republican Governor Tate Reeves told residents to apply for vaccinations amid an increase in new COVID-19 cases. His instructions overwhelmed the state’s vaccination program website and hotline.
MSDH’s statement said: “The Mississippi Department of Health hopes to receive a large number of vaccines in mid-February, which should help to further inject vaccines in people’s arms.” “We understand the frustration brought about by this sudden change of plans.”
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