Despite the slow release of vaccines so far, NIAID Director Anthony Fauci says the COVID-19 vaccination campaign will grow fast enough that Americans should see a “degree of normalcy in the fall.”
News drive: President-elect Biden is planning a program that will have “much more interaction between the federal government and the states than it currently has” to achieve its goal of 1 million vaccines a day for 100 days, Fauci told Axios.
What is happening: Millions of available doses of vaccine have not been administered, which raises questions about what went wrong with the Warp Speed operation.
- Americans “pay for the consequences”
- “Our state-led approach to public health doesn’t work in a pandemic. You can’t respond to a pandemic with 50 different plans,” del Rio said. “The lack of federal leadership is, in my opinion, one of the most important lessons for the future.”
- The United States must coordinate government facilities and enough staff to provide people with photos as well as logistics such as freezer requirements, del Rio said.
Yes, but: Fauci says he expects changes in the new administration and asks if it is “fair” to say that there is limestone in vaccinations, or rather to experience normal “bumps and hiccups” for a massive program launched during the holidays.
- This week, the inoculation rate has risen to half a million doses a day, he said.
- “Will we clear the bottlenecks in a few weeks? I hope. Will we reach 1 million a day in a few weeks? I doubt it. But I think by the time President-elect Biden enters, he hopes to have a system that can to receive 1 million a day for the first 100 days, “says Fauci.
The problem is currently in the United States there is no lack of supply. But this could become a problem as the vaccination program intensifies with the increase in urgency under the pressure of more transmissible variants, which the CDC is closely monitoring.
- Some countries are considering stretching the dose, giving people half the dose or allowing a combination of vaccines – the latter being an option that Fauci strongly opposes.
- The NIH is conducting a study to see how effective Moderna’s vaccine is if the dose is halved.
What to watch: Public health scientists hope pandemic preparedness will become a top national priority.
- “The first lesson is that pandemic preparedness is worth the investment. This pandemic and the inability to respond effectively cost us not only human lives, but the economy has been hit hard,” said Tara Kirk Sell, a senior scientist at the Johns Hopkins Health Center. security.
- Better diagnosis will be key to fighting future outbreaks, Sel said. Rapid antigen tests and other measures “can really change the game.”
For now, however, says Fauci if herd immunity can be achieved by vaccinating 70% -85% of people by the end of this summer, “I think we will start to get closer to normal in the autumn and winter, such that at that time next year, 2022, we will be very close to returning to normal. “
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