April 14, 2021

What’s the big hold up in vaccine rollout?

What’s the big hold up in vaccine rollout?

Latest Numbers: As of Tuesday, the U.S has reported over 20.8 million Covid-19 cases, and 353,3000 deaths (according to Johns Hopkins University data).


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Vaccine rollout in the USA is proving to be far slower and challenging than could have been anticipated. According to records from early this week, only under 4.6 million people have received their first dose despite the fact that 15.4 million doses of Pfizer and Moderna have been distributed. 


These numbers fall considerably short of the 20 million jabs our government had targeted to hit by the end of December. Instead of having 20 million people vaccinated by now, the USA has recorded over 20 million Covid-19 cases. And that’s pure ironic.


Many people had been banking on the arrival of vaccines to make 2021 a better year and perhaps bring back “the old normal”. But so far the bigger headlines are about the case numbers going up, increasing daily deaths, and the distressing glacial pace at which vaccines are being administered.


So why is the vaccine rollout so slow? What is the big hold up?


One opinion is that the rollout has been “chaotic, disjoint, and frustrating” because it was left to the hospitals and counties instead of being planned at the central level by the state itself. This lack of central direction led to the “rollout being equitable in some areas, but not in others”.


Many public health officials believe that a better vaccine rollout system will require the federal and state governments to join forces. In keeping with this viewpoint, leading infectious-disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci said,


To say the federal government should do it themselves, that'll never happen. To just leave the states on their own without any help, without any instruction, without any resources, is going to be tough. You've got to have a combination of both.”


According to Fauci’s estimates, all priority groups across the USA including frontline workers, health care workers, nursing home residents, Americans with high-risk medical conditions, and the elderly, will have been vaccinated by the start of April. He said,


“(Around that time in the spring the US may) "have what I call open season on vaccines — namely, anybody who wants a vaccine can get a vaccine." 


From then on, Fauci expects things to get much better. He added,


“If from April, May, June, July, and August, we do the kind vaccine implementation that I'm talking about, at least a million people a day and maybe more, by the time we end the summer and get to the fall, we will have achieved (herd immunity in around 75% to 80% of the population).”


And while vaccinations continue, and whether they meet their goals or not, health officials urge that people continue to maintain social distance, wash hands frequently, and wear masks.


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