The US would need to work double-time to make up for Covid-19 vaccination delays this week caused by the winter weather that had ravaged much of the country, Dr. Anthony Fauci said in an interview with MSNBC Thursday, CNN reported.
He added it had been slowed down in some places and was going to a grinding halt.
US Would Need To Work Double Time To Make Up For Delayed Covid-19 Vaccination
He added the US would need to have to make up for it as soon as the weather lifted a bit, the ice melted and the trucks could be got out and the people out and getting the vaccine into people’s arms, he added.
He said, the US just had to make up for it, namely do double time when this thing cleared up.
Delays in the delivery and distribution of vaccines had been reported by several states, which forced providers to cancel or reschedule appointments for vaccinations. According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) over than 2,000 vaccine sites were in areas suffering from power outages.
In some cases, the delays had forced providers to cancel appointments, even as federal and state officials had worked to ramp up vaccination numbers, pressing in more vaccinators for the task, and launching vaccine events.
They had also opened mass vaccination sites and roped in companies and pharmacies with partnerships.
According to a release by the city’s health department, Thursday, Houston, planned to resume giving vaccinations Saturday and Sunday. Houston had been hit by both water problems and power outages during the storm.
Fortunately, the second dose of the two-dose vaccines from Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna could be administered up to 6 weeks following the first, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.
The second doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines were recommended for administration 21 days and 28 days after the first, respectively. So, there was no need to panic if one’s appointment for a second dose had been cancelled, due to weather as there was still time.
Meanwhile, both UPS and FedEx told CNN they were working to get vaccines delivered.
According to UPS it had extensive contingency plans in place to complete the delivery of vaccines, despite the winter storm. According to spokesperson Glenn Zaccara who spoke to CNN, the company was in regular and frequent contact with federal agencies and vaccine manufacturers, with talks occurring often hourly.
Meanwhile, FedEx said it was prioritizing coronavirus vaccine deliveries and it was working with the parties waiting for shipments. However, prolonged severe weather was continuing to impact much of the FedEx network.
The first does of Covid-19 vaccine had been given to over 41 million people so far CDC data had shown. Also, over 16 million people had been fully vaccinated with two doses.
President Joe Biden said Tuesday that 600 million Covid-19 vaccine doses would be available to the country by the end of July, which would be enough to vaccinate every single American.
His promise came after similar announcement earlier that the US was on track to have enough vaccines for 300 million Americans by the end of July.
Actually, as per Fauci, vaccinating all those people would likely take longer. He added it might take an additional couple of months, maybe toward the end of the summer, to get everybody vaccinated.
Work was also on toward making vaccines available to younger patients.
The US Food and Drug Administration had granted Pfizer/BioNTech’s vaccine emergency use authorization for people age 16 and older, however, the companies expected to start Covid-19 vaccine studies for children between the ages of 5 and 11 in the next couple months, according to a news release.
Additionally, the companies said they had plans to study the vaccine in children younger than 5 later this year.