“Without further relief, it looks like it will break, even as we enter the third tide of the virus in the Midwest and West,” the letter said.
And the best employee of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that things will not look better for hospitals soon.
“The reality is December, and January and February will be hard times. In fact, I believe this will be the most difficult time in the history of this nation’s public health, mostly because of the stress that will be placed on our health care system.” said Dr. Robert Redfield.
Los Angeles tells residents to “cancel everything” in view of the jump
The United States is vying to catch up with the rising number of coronavirus hospitalizations.
If the coronavirus continues to spread at its current unprecedented rate, Los Angeles will be without hospital beds by Christmas, Mayor Eric Garsetti warned during a news conference Wednesday, urging residents to “leave” and “cancel everything” to stop the spread of virus.
“The public health of our city is as severe as it was in March in the earliest days of this pandemic,” he said, adding that the number of daily coronavirus infections in Los Angeles has tripled since early November and hospitalizations are in new peak.
In southwestern Kansas, Gov. Laura Kelly said Wednesday that no intensive care beds were available.
“Although the number of cases may have fallen slightly, the pressure on our hospitals and health workers is not,” she said.
Coronavirus hospitalizations in Nevada have been rising daily since November, with few exceptions, and peaked on Wednesday with 1,652 hospitalizations, according to the state’s scoreboard.
100 million Americans can be vaccinated by February, says Operation Warp Speed
There may still be ways before the general public has access to the coronavirus vaccine, but development is evolving rapidly.
By February, 100 million Americans could be vaccinated against coronavirus, Moncef Slavey, chief adviser to Operation Warp Speed, said Wednesday.
“All the investment we have made to increase and start stockpiling vaccine production allows us to remain confident that we will be able to distribute 20 million vaccines, enough to vaccinate 20 million people in the United States in December,” Slavey said in a news briefing. .
The United States said that if Pfizer and Moderna won an emergency use permit from the Food and Drug Administration in December, they could distribute 40 million doses of the vaccine by the end of the month. Each vaccine requires two doses, so that is enough to fully vaccinate 20 million people.
Slavey said he expects another 60 million vaccines by the end of January.
An FDA committee is expected to meet on whether to allow the Pfizer and Moderna vaccine applicants on December 10 and December 17, respectively.
Assuming vaccines are allowed, the first deliveries could take place on December 15 and 22, respectively, according to a document from the federal government’s Warp Speed operation.
A CDC panel recommended on Tuesday that healthcare and long-term care workers be inoculated first.
Steve Almazi, Jason Hannah, Shelby Lynn Erdman, Raja Razek, Maggie Fox, Andrea Diaz, Jamie Gumbrecht, Jennifer Henderson, Rebecca Rees and Lauren Mascarenhas contributed to this report.