“When you put … the pedal on the floor, you can do it,” Fauzi told CNN’s Chris Cuomo on Thursday.
At the current rate of vaccination, this necessary threshold will not be reached until February 2022, but Fauci said officials should and will increase production and distribution by “obtaining municipal vaccine centers, including pharmacies in full, using mobile units to to enter inaccessible places. “
Fauci’s estimate offers a glimmer of hope, as forecasts predict that the death toll from the virus is likely to reach 500,000 next month.
“The only way to solve a problem is to own it,” he said. “Everyone wears masks, everyone adheres to public health measures, removes the vaccine as quickly as possible, does everything possible to get the available doses and take them into people̵
Retirees spend hours waiting in Los Angeles
More than a million coronavirus vaccines were given on Thursday – the second time so many doses have been given a day, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
And although this has resulted in a total of more than 17.5 million doses administered, officials say they are not getting the vaccines fast enough to meet demand.
In Georgia, officials are monitoring a large number of cases, hospitalizations and deaths, and 120,000 doses given weekly to the state are not enough to vaccinate the elderly and other high-risk residents, Governor Brian Kemp said.
“We will still have much more demand than we offer,” Kemp said.
Supply restrictions in New York mean there are not enough doses to vaccinate members of the NYPD and FDNY, the agencies told CNN on Thursday. There is still enough for those who already have appointments and those who have already received their first dose, FDNY said.
Lines at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Thursday were heavily filled with people over the age of 65, with some waiting five hours for the vaccine, Mayor Eric Garcetti said.
“There may be a wait … so use the toilet in advance, bring water and snacks and make sure your gas tank is full or your car is full,” he said.
The election of President Joe Biden as surgeon general, Dr. Vivek Murty, said the United States needed to do more to speed up vaccinations.
“It can’t take us a year to get to the critical levels of vaccination we need in this country,” Murty told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer. “We have to get there earlier.”
Most Americans do not know when or where they can get the vaccine, including older Americans who are already eligible for the vaccine in a growing number of countries, “KFF President and CEO Drew Altman said in a news release Friday. . ” Understandably, a large number of people are frustrated, angry and confused. ”
New vaccines may be on the way
Officials hope new coronavirus vaccines will be approved and help speed up administration.
The United States has currently approved vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna.
However, Johnson & Johnson is conducting “very large-scale” clinical trials and plans to have “enough vaccines for 100 million Americans by spring,” board member Dr Mark McKellen told CNBC on Thursday.
Dr Fauci said the company’s vaccine was “just around the corner” from seeking emergency authorization from the FDA.
“They’re probably a few weeks away from receiving the data to assess whether the FDA is assessing whether we are in a situation where we can move forward and start thinking about disseminating it in the public domain,” he said.
The new vaccine will have benefits, he said. It will appear in one shot and will not need to stay in the cold climate that has made storing and transporting existing vaccines so difficult, Fauci said.
“AstraZeneca is not there yet, you know it’s what is being tested in many countries, but it’s a little backwards, but not too far back,” Fauci said.
Last week, federal government program Warp Speep said it hoped to get the permit by the end of March, Chief Counselor Moncef Slavey said.
“We hope the vaccine is effective again, as shown in trials in Brazil and the UK,” Slavey said. “So maybe approval sometime around the second half of March and a significant number of doses available at that time.”
CNN’s Michael Nedelman, Deidre McPhillips, Maria Cartaya, Lindsay Benson, Lauren Mascarenhas, Alexandra Meeks, Evan Simko-Bednarski, Andrea Diaz, Jacqueline Howard and Nick Neville contributed to this report.