The United States has no problem attacking the terrible milestone 20 million corona virus cases, But achieved the federal government’s own goal of vaccinating 20 million people by the end of 2020 a The biggest problem.
Three million Americans were vaccinated when a ball surrounded by crystal crashed in New York’s almost deserted Times Square at midnight on New Year’s Day.
Vaccine distribution in the United States is now routinely described as “Confusion”, With criticism that unqualified officials are“ boating ”efforts.
More than 10,000 people have died in the United States in the last three days of 2020 alone, with the national death toll still close to 350,000, including the worst 24-hour number of epidemics when more than 3,700 died last Wednesday, according to Johns Hopkins University. Information.
Vaccines are therefore a great hope for combating the outbreak. But experts warn that hundreds more thousands of deaths could occur if the vaccination process is not made available quickly and firmly.
“Basically, the federal government is blocking vaccine production,” said Ashish Jah, dean of the Brown University School of Public Health.
“They thought their work would end when the vaccine came to the states. There really was no well-defined plan.”
He added: “The United States is suffering as a result of the incompetence of the federal leadership – the whole epidemic has been disrupted by a group not just Donald Trump – who do not understand how things work and can not get anything. “
Jaa said he did not include American epidemiologist Anthony Fossi or White House Corona virus task force coordinator Deborah Birks in the group.
If this change continues at the current pace, it could take “many, many months and years” to achieve vaccination goals for the nation, Ja said.
He warned that if the delay continued for months, the United States would lose “millions more.”
An NBC Analysis At this current vaccination rate earlier this week, “it will be It took almost 10 years to vaccinate enough Americans To control the epidemic. ”
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Bruce O’Leary, a professor at the CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy in New York, says the “vaccine” symptom appears to reduce the risk of goiter.
But he warned: “Every week, every two weeks, every three-week delay, when cases increase further, lives are lost – especially if we are talking about health professionals.”
The level of immunizations offered to the public in many U.S. regions is a combination of minimal financial and scattered logistics.
Public health in the United States has long been funded. Local and state officials have long warned federal officials that they need more than $ 8 billion to build an infrastructure to take up arms. Instead, the White House gave the states just $ 40,340 million for vaccine products.
For months, some members of Congress have been involved in funding the distribution of the vaccine. As of last Sunday, when Trump signed the new Corona virus aid bill late, an additional $ 8 billion in funding came in, STAT News Explained.
However, more money for the states will not completely solve the problem. Experts say an integrated, national plan is needed to address logistics snacks.
Lee, who is managing director of public health information, computational and operational research at CUNY, said: “Not enough has been produced and distributed.
“Of the quantities distributed, the majority are not managed. They get [caught] In the supply chain … or unmanaged, this is not very surprising because there is no clear, integrated national plan. ”
These problems have been exacerbated by the federal government’s decision to focus on the states on how to deliver the vaccine to the population.
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There is no federal coordination on vaccine components such as syringes, needles and alcohol swabs.
“Earlier this year we had to keep in mind that the test got worse because we were out of cotton cloth,” Lee pointed out.
Many reports across the United States paint a picture of disruption or limited rolling.
Texas residents complained that providers did not pick up the phone when asked for information and that it was difficult to go to official websites – they did not know where to get the vaccine. Announced Dallas ABC affiliate, WFAA-TV.
In Florida, people 65 and older can be vaccinated, and senior citizens can be seen camping overnight.
Terry Beth Hotler, 69, lined up in the parking lot overnight with hundreds of people outside the Bonita Springs Library in southwest Florida.
He waited 14 hours before the Associated Press reported that a fight had erupted just before noon on Tuesday, with some cutting the line.
“I’m afraid this event was a super-spreader, I was panicking,” Hotler said.
Near Miami, seniors drowned phone links and health department website in a futile attempt to get vaccination appointments, South Florida Sun-Sentinel Announced.
New York City was also hit by a sluggish distribution of the global corona virus hotspot in early spring.
The city has more than 340,000 volumes, but only about 88,000 are managed, The New York Times Announced Friday.
No one denies that it is challenging to carry out a massive vaccination campaign in the midst of a public health crisis that has engulfed health workers and services in many parts of the country.
Claire Hannon, president of the Association of Immunization Managers, said in an email: “The dose delivered to hospitals will not be administered overnight. Hospitals are moving at a very deliberate pace. Providers should be trained and health workers should be educated about vaccination. ”
He added: “Hospitals are also very thin now. We are trying to integrate their time, resources, space, energy and vaccination clinics so that they have access to the vaccine while caring for patients.”
The pressure is intense.
“We expect to go at lightning speed, and I think they are moving at really good speeds because this is a completely new vaccine,” said Jessica Justman, associate professor of epidemiology at the Columbia Mailman Public Health School.
Delays, while expected, cannot be said to go unnoticed immediately. Both facts are true: delays are almost inevitable, but they can cost lives, he noted.
“Hundreds of thousands of people are dying and the release of the vaccine should happen soon,” Justman said.
Some public health experts believe that an innovative approach should be taken, including looking at the United States The UK’s latest project It aims to get the first dose of as much as possible Stopping levels A few weeks after the completion of the first shot the same persons are required to manage the second shot in order to ensure the ready quantities of the initially deficient items.
“In the UK, they have time intervals between the first dose and the second dose, which is a very creative idea,” Justman said. “I hope the UK will not make that decision without the data to support it.”
The science of showing performance by a single dose is not so strong, says Brown Jah A mess. The United States can adopt its current approach – unwilling to take any scientific risks and see if it runs “through the book” on vaccine distribution or if any novelty works to prevent a crisis.
“I think the UK approach to getting a dose is the right approach,” Ja said. “In my mind, this is very fair in terms of the position we play in. We need to move this.”
However, on Friday, Fossie Came out againIt follows the UK model of delaying second shots to provide more people with area protection provided by a single dose.
Meanwhile, some states’ Results Prioritizing senior citizens over unhealthy essential workers, as opposed to federal recommendations, could create logistics challenges.
However, “it’s not a bad thing to get the vaccine quickly and weapons-wise,” Hannan said.
He added: “States do not have enough time or resources to set up these systems, so there will be hiccups. But again, getting vaccinated every day is a success. ”
Brown’s Jae said America could get back on track.
Even in the midst of adversity, he concluded: “I think you can make a moderate change. I think you can fix this.”