Members of Operation War Speed said on Wednesday that with only nine days left, it is unlikely that the US will meet the original goal of immunizing 20 million people by the end of the year.
“This objective is unlikely to be met,” Operation Science Speed’s chief science advisor Monsep Saloi said during a media briefing on Wednesday. “The vaccination process – shot in the arms – is getting slower than we thought it would be.”
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What Slaoui’s team can do is the number of doses to be delivered. During the briefing, Army General Gustav Perna, Chief Operating Officer of Operation War Speed, said, “We are putting as many vaccines as soon as available.”
As of Wednesday morning, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that more than 1 million doses of the Kovid-19 vaccine have been administered in the past two weeks.
The data only accounts for shots of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, and potentially after lagging for several days, as data from hundreds of health care and long-term care facilities are reported to the agency.
According to the CDC, more than 9.4 million doses of both Pfizer and Modern vaccines have been distributed nationwide.
It is unclear why there is such a large difference between the number of doses given to states and the actual shots given, although gaps in providers reporting data to the CDC may be one reason. According to the CDC, while the distribution numbers include both Pfizer and Modern, the administered modern shots are not yet counted.
During the briefing, Perna stated, “When it arrives and executes it is about access to the vaccine.”
Perna estimated that the OWS team would have about 20 million Kovid-19 vaccine doses “allocated by the end of the month”, but not all would be delivered by the first week of January.
Primarily, the rollout has caused “some flare ups”, with Dr. Mayo Clinic’s Vaccine Research Group director in Rochester, Minnesota. NG Poland Senior Medical Correspondent Dr. Greg Poland during a live-stream “Doctor to Doctor” interview. John Torres Wednesday.
Nevertheless, Poland credited Operation Tana Speed Team. “It’s a huge logistics nightmare to try to plan,” he said.
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Vaccines are rolling out as the nation continues to set records for both Kovid-19 cases and related deaths. On Tuesday, the nation set a record of 3,350 deaths involving coronaviruses in a single day. Kovid-19 has killed more than 325,000 people in the US since the epidemic began, and more than 18 million people were diagnosed.
Earlier on Wednesday, the Trump administration announced that it would purchase an additional 100 million doses of Pfizer’s Kovid-19 vaccine, ensuring that every American who wants to be vaccinated could have it by summer.
The Department of Health and Human Services stated that Pfizer would manufacture and distribute 100 million doses of the vaccine, on top of the 100 million doses already purchased by the US government.
“That’s good news, there will be more vaccines available,” Dr. Marcella Nunz-Smith, President-Elect Biden Kovid-19 Co-Chairman of the Advisory Board, MSNBC said on Wednesday. “We are moving towards our goal of getting 1 million vaccinations a day.”
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