The US averaged more than 3,223 Covid-19 deaths a day over the past week, according to Johns Hopkins University. That’s a few hundred more daily than the 2001 strikes.
The Trump administration official expects reserved doses to be distributed over the next two weeks.
“This is what we were afraid of — people letting their guard down over Christmas and New Year’s,” New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said Monday while announcing the spread of the virus was increasing across the state.
In Los Angeles, which has been battered by the virus for weeks, one health official says the full aftermath of holiday get-togethers is likely still on its way.
“It takes two to three weeks for patients to get sick enough to need the hospital after they’ve gotten the virus, and Christmas was only two weeks ago, and we’re already full,” said Dr. Anish Mahajan, chief medical officer at the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center.
“We don’t have any more ICU capacity,” he added. “All of the hospitals in the region are putting ICU patients in unusual places in the hospital just to find room for them.”
Nearly 9 million people have gotten 1st vaccine dose
As of Monday morning, about 35.3% of doses distributed had been administered, compared with about 30.2% Friday.
Timelines vary across the country and “access to Covid-19 vaccines in these first months of the US vaccine campaign may depend a great deal on where one lives,” the Kaiser Family Foundation, which studies health care policy, said in a report issued Monday.
The report found 40 states are still in Phase 1a — when the CDC recommends vaccinating health care workers and long-term care facility residents — either fully or partly. Ten states and Washington DC were in Phase 1b. Only Michigan has moved to at least part of Phase 1c, the report said.
For Phase 1b, CDC recommends vaccinating people age 75 and older and frontline essential workers and for Phase 1c, the agency recommends the vaccinations of people 65 and older, younger people with high-risk conditions and other essential workers.
States are “making the decision to just get as many people vaccinated as they can,” and bypassing recommendations for vaccine prioritization, said Dr. Paul Offit, a member of the FDA’s vaccine advisory committee on Monday.
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