Further rise in holidays and cold weather drives
Biden’s pledge of 100 million vaccines in 100 days feasible – Fauci
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On Sunday, the number of hospitalizations attributed to Covid-19 in the United States hit a record high of 125,544, as hospitals were overwhelmed with the situation and suppliers made arrangements to ration treatment. The current surge in cases shows no sign of slowing: 201,476 were registered in the U.S. on Sunday, according to data gathered by Johns Hopkins University. Covid vaccine: Oxford man, 82, first in the world to get Oxford/AstraZeneca jabRead more Dr. Anthony Fauci, the leading U.S. authority on infectious diseases, and others warn that as people remain indoors due to the holidays and cold weather, another rise is possible. It could and possibly would get worse in the coming weeks, or at least sustain this very high level of infections and deaths that we’re seeing,” Fauci told ABC on Sunday.
Mayor Eric Garcetti of Los Angeles said the pandemic in his city is worsening as the virus spreads rapidly through families and people let their guard down with reports of the arrival of a vaccine. This is a virus that takes advantage of our vulnerability, takes advantage of our fatigue, he told CBS. Joe Biden’s pledge to administer 100 million vaccines during his first 100 days in office is realistic, Fauci informed ABC. After 1.5 million vaccine doses were administered in the last 72 hours, an average of 500,000 a day, Fauci said he saw a’ slight glimmer of hope’ – a substantial rise in vaccinations. He admitted that by the end of December, the U.S. had not fulfilled its target of delivering 20 million doses: there were several glitches. That’s understandable,” Fauci said. “We’re not yet where we want to be, no doubt about that. But he expressed hope that by mid-January, momentum would pick up and that the U.S. will potentially vaccinate 1 million people a day. Moncef Slaoui, senior science advisor for the government’s vaccine production and distribution effort, Operation Warp Pace, told CBS that 17.5 million doses were shipped.
The target of 20 million doses of vaccine was not reached, Jerome Adams, the U.S. health secretary, told CNN, because local health departments and medical facilities had to concentrate on monitoring to handle the influx of cases.
And the holidays meant that, he said, health care staff took time off. We have delivered what we have, and we hope that it will be converted into vaccines. Arizona posted a daily record of more than 17,200 new cases Sunday, surpassing the previous mark of about 12,000 set in early December. The rise was attributed to infections from Christmas festivities, health officials said, but was also possibly exaggerated by a delay in reporting over the New Year’s weekend. North Carolina and Texas recorded record numbers – approximately 3,600 and more than 12,500, respectively – of individuals hospitalized with Covid-19. In the United Kingdom, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that tougher lockdown measures were likely in England because a coronavirus strain had driven infection rates to their highest levels ever.
The version is up to 70 percent more infectious, scientists have said. Although Fauci said the U.S. has to do its own testing, he noted that British experts agree that the mutant version is not deadlier or more likely to make people sicker, and that vaccines are successful against it. But Scott Gottlieb, a former commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration who serves on the board of vaccine manufacturer Pfizer, told CBS that the variant “actually creates more urgency to try to get this