– We have not experienced anything like this in over 102 years, when the flu pandemic hit the country in 1918. People will talk about this for decades to come. This is a terrible historic milestone in the history of this country, the president’s medical chief health adviser, Anthony Fauci, told CNN on Sunday.
The actual number of corona deaths, US health authorities have said is probably significantly higher than 500,000. It has been announced that President Joe Biden will mark the gloomy milestone during the week.
– It is really a terrible situation that we have been through – and that we are still in the middle of. That is why we continue to insist on infection control measures. We want to avoid it getting worse than it already is, says Fauci.
The United States is without equal the country that has registered the most cases of infection and corona death during the pandemic.
At the time of writing, the country has registered more cases of infection than India, Brazil and Russia combined. These countries are the ones with the most registered cases in the world after the USA, according to Worldometer’s overview.
But after the United States began vaccinating the population on a large scale, the number of infections in the country has slowly but surely decreased.
On Sunday, Fauci could tell that his infection curve in the country is no longer as steep.
– The infection curve is on its way down and it is fantastic. The curve goes down steeply, and it does so very, very quickly, he told NBC News on Sunday.
He still fears that it will soon rise again.
– We are still at a level of infection that is very high. What I do not want to see is people looking at the infection situation and thinking, ‘Wow, we’re out of the storm. Now it’s going well », because we are not there. The number of daily infections is still very high, says Fauci.
Vaccinates on a conveyor belt
Before Christmas, President Joe Biden promised that over 100 million Americans would be vaccinated during the first 100 days of his presidency.
To date, over 43.6 million Americans have received at least one vaccine dose. 18.9 million of these have been vaccinated, according to figures from the CDC.
So it can be stated that Biden and the United States are on track in terms of the president’s stated goal.
Last week, the president spoke more in the direction that the goal now was to get all adults vaccinated before the autumn, and the vaccine doses are delivered at a high pace.
Over the next six weeks, the United States will receive 145 million new doses of vaccine, and another 200 million doses will be delivered by the end of May, writes AP.
Winter storm led to bottleneck
In recent weeks, several states in the southern United States have been plagued by unusually cold weather. In the state of Texas in particular, several challenges arose in that context. Several million were periodically without electricity, and in many places there are still challenges with water supplies.
It also meant that various vaccination stations – where people in the priority groups show up to get vaccinated, had to temporarily close in several places.
Winter weather first also to delays in terms of shipping. Paved roads made the transport of vaccines in these areas challenging.
Four major vaccine centers in Louisville. Kentucky and Memphis were thus made inaccessible, and a number of vaccine doses remained in stock.
According to Fauci, one third of the doses that were weatherproof should now be delivered.
According to the White House, all postponed vaccinations must still be given by 1 March.
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