Dr Carlos del Rio warned “The News with Shepard Smith” that Americans’ immunization effort must “dramatically change” because the United States missed its vaccination targets two weeks after Americans began receiving drugs. vaccines.
“If we want every American who needs a vaccine and wants the vaccine to be vaccinated by July, we have to start vaccinating around 3 million people a day,” said del Rio, distinguished professor of medicine at Emory University. “It’s a huge effort and it will require a major coordination effort and it will require funding.”
The leaders of Operation Warp Speed have promised the country will have 20 million doses by the end of the year. So far, states have only received 11.4 million doses and about 2 million Americans have received vaccines, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Del Rio said vaccination efforts require broad collaboration.
“It really takes the federal government, state governments, private sector, public sector, everyone has to do their best to really have clinics open all the time, to have the vaccines available,” said del Rio. “Public health has been underfunded for years now and it’s really hard to find public health workers who are not busy and can start immunizing.
White House coronavirus testing czar Adm. Brett Giroir defended the rollout Tuesday on MSNBC’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports”.
“The numbers were showing 2.1 million vaccines in people’s arms, we know it’s underreported because there’s a three to seven day delay, but we expect it to increase,” said Giroir.
He added that anyone in the United States who wants a vaccine will be able to get one by June, but a model from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation predicts that 200,000 more Americans will die in the next three months. More Americans are hospitalized with Covid than ever before, according to the Covid Tracking Project.
Del Rio said that meeting the vaccination target will require recruiting more people to administer the vaccines, especially as health workers remain busier than ever.
“You have a staff problem and you have a staff problem, so we have to be creative, and we have to find ways to train medical students, nursing students and others to start administering. vaccines, because if we don’t do that, we won’t achieve our target, ”said del Rio.