In recent development, it has been found that more than half the cases of Coronavirus infections in the country are in just five states.
The states of New York, Florida, New Jersey, Michigan and Pennsylvania have together reported 44% cases of Covid-19. This number translates into 197,500 new infection cases in the past 7 days alone, out of a total of 452,000 cases all over the country, as per the State Health Agency data compiled by John Hopkins University.
5 States In The US Report Close To Half Of The Daily New Infection Rates
This data has out pressure on the Biden administration to reconsider their vaccine distribution program in hotspot areas.
Many health experts in the US have also prompted President Joe Biden to ship additional vaccine shots to the 5 states due to the fact that these states comprise 22% of the country’s population.
So far, the administration has yet not announced any divergence from their current distribution system which is based on the population of the state.
Dr. Elvin H. Geng, professor in infectious diseases at the Washington University also affirmed that there is a need to send extra doses to places with rising infection numbers. However, he added that it could be detrimental to those states who have been more successful in dealing with the virus.
Geng said that in case of such a policy based on infection rates, states that were doing better to control the spread may receive lesser doses due to the same reason.
The hardest hit among those five states are New York and Michigan. Michigan, which was only second to New York in infection rates over the past week, with an average daily new infection at 6,719 on Sunday, more than double the numbers from the past couple of weeks. States like California and Texas, with a much larger population than Michigan have reported less than half the numbers of the latter.
Even though Michigan sees the highest infection rates in the past 7 days, the Governor of the state, Gretchen Whitmer said that she does not plan any strict norms or guidelines as of now. She blamed the latest surge on ‘pandemic fatigue’ and new variants.
Whitmer instead addressed the state saying that they needed 5o ramp up the vaccination process and urge the public to maintain their social distancing and other public health guidelines.
Last week, the Democrat Governor asked the White House to send extra doses to the states that are battling from virus surges.
Immediately after Whitmer’s interview, Michigan expanded the vaccine eligibility to 16 years and older.
New York City, meanwhile, is also witnessing heavy rates of infection on a daily basis. The mayor, Bill de Blasio had requested the federal government to allot a bigger shipment of vaccine doses in these doses. But, getting vaccination appointments in New York City is still tough.
Other states like New Jersey, where the daily infection numbers have risen from 4,050 to 4,250 in the past 2 weeks, have demanded the White House for additional supplies, said Governor Phil Murphy.
Even as the federal administration upped vaccine supplies by 12% in the state, Murphy questioned if that was enough to contain the spread of the virus in the state
Health experts are believing that the newer variants of the Coronavirus as the prime reason for such an increase.
In Florida, relaxed guidelines may have contributed to the spread of the virus during the spring season, as more than a million seniors in the state are yet to receive even a single shot of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine doses.
White House plans to send 28 million additional doses to states, which would bring the tally close to 180 million coronavirus shots since Biden took over presidency.
Almost 40% of US adults have now been vaccinated at least with a single shot, while 23% American adults have been fully vaccinated, as per CDC.
The news came as Biden announced more than 150 million coronavirus shots have been administered since he took office, and that all adults will be eligible to receive a vaccine by April 19.
About 40% of U.S. adults have now received at least one COVID-19 shot, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. About 23% of American adults have been fully vaccinated — including more than half of Americans 65 and older.