Thus, they warn governors and health authorities, even those who are already able to receive the vaccine may have to wait a little longer. The pace of immunization is accelerating in the United States – on average, about 2.8 million applications are made daily – and the country has already purchased enough doses to immunize up to 400 million people, 70 million more than its population.
But not all vaccines are available for immediate use. Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson, the manufacturers of the three emergency immunizers authorized in the United States, vary in delivery times and quantities, and doses have been distributed in stages to states by the federal government.
President Joe Biden went public on Monday (29) saying that by April 19, 90% of American adults will be eligible for the vaccine – the Democrat doubled his target and promised to deliver 200 million doses in his first 100 days of government.
Due to bottlenecks, it does not mean that almost all Americans will be immunized in April – the forecast is that 90% of them will have received at least one dose of the vaccine by the end of July.
In the United States, each state establishes its own vaccination rules, and at least 39 of the 50 have already announced that all of their adult residents (aged 16 and over) will be eligible for immunization later this month – and then the guts begin.
In Washington, for example, residents need to pre-register on the city hall’s website before receiving the dose. Every week, there are electronic sweepstakes among the registered profiles that are part of the eligible groups, and only those who are selected can make an appointment to be able to get the vaccine.
Last week, the mayor of New York, Democrat Bill de Blasio, summed up the problem after Governor Andrew Cuomo, his party colleague, announced that he would expand eligibility for everyone 50 years of age or older.
“The problem is not the eligibility standards, the problem is the supply,” said De Blasio in an interview with a TV station. “As you add more groups, it means that people, in some cases, will wait longer, because we still don’t have the doses we need.”
Even with delivery complications, Cuomo announced that people aged 30 and over could be immunized as of Tuesday (30) in New York and that all adults living in the state will be eligible for vaccination on April 6.
Florida and California, two of the nation’s largest and most important states, also announced targets for Covid vaccination for all residents aged 16 and over as of April 5 and 15, respectively. But there are problems even where vaccination is only open to smaller groups.
After the governor of Maryland, Republican Larry Hogan, opened the immunization for those aged 60 and over, for example, the head of government of one of the largest counties in the state, Democrat Marc Elrich, warned that this does not mean immediate vaccination .
“Being informed that you are eligible does not mean that when you pre-register, you are ready to make an appointment to get the vaccine,” said Elrich at a virtual press conference. “The number of doses is below the number of eligible people . ”
Local officials have begun to publicly complain about the lack of prospects of receiving new doses and even the lack of work for frontline application professionals.
“What is holding us back is just the number of doses,” said Gary Edwards, executive director of one of Utah’s health departments, in an interview with Axios. “We have professionals ready to do more, and they are not busy enough.”
The scenario has also opened up contradictions and inequalities in the country. White, wealthier people have been vaccinated in poorer states or regions, even if they are not residents or from groups eligible for immunization. Others are looking for xepa — vaccines that have not been used and will be required to be discarded at the end of the day.
This is because, with less access to information and the internet, often poorer communities are unable to fill the number of daily consultations for the application of immunizers.
Leaders in numbers of cases and deaths by Covid-19 in the world – there are more than 552 thousand victims and 30 million cases -, the USA had vaccinated 101.8 million inhabitants with at least one dose until Friday (2), including 58 million who received both doses of Pfizer and Moderna or the single application from Johnson & Johnson. The Joe Biden government distributed about 204.7 million doses to states, municipalities and federal agencies, and at least 148 million doses were administered, or 80%.
The White House says it has worked with manufacturers to accelerate production and increase the supply of vaccines to the United States. According to Presidency spokeswoman Jen Psaki, the government is adding 23,000 pharmacies to the federal vaccine program – in addition to the 17,000 that are already applying immunizers in the country. Psaki said that governors have been informed that about 33 million doses of vaccines will be allocated to different states in the coming days.
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