(CNN) — More than 4.2 million people have received their first doses of covid-19 vaccines so far, but experts say the pace must pick up.
“There are no excuses, we are not where we want to be, but hopefully we will regain some momentum and get back to where we want to be in bringing the vaccine into the arms of the people,” said Dr. AnthonFaceci, director of the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases on NBC’s “Meet The Press” on Sunday.
More than 4.2 million people had received the first dose of coronavirus vaccines as of Saturday morning and 13 million doses had been distributed, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Covid Data Tracker. USA (CDC). The federal government had repeatedly promised that 20 million people would have received their first injections before the end of the year.
But the pace is picking up, with about 1.5 million doses administered in 72 hoursFaceci said. That means the speed of vaccination is actually better than the numbers at first glance suggest, he added.
Optimism in vaccine administration
MonceStatusui, a senior adviser for Operation Warp Speed, told CBS’s Margaret Brennan on Sunday that 17.5 million doses have been shipped and that the US federal government is optimistic they will be delivered more quickly.
Currently, the vaccines go to healthcare workers and long-term care patients, but eventually officials hope to distribute them to thpublicic. While waiting for vaccinations, the U.S. has reported more than 100,000 coronavirus hospitalizations for 33 consecutive days, with the highest number set Sunday at 125,544, according to the Covid Tracking Project.
With people in many countries traveling on vacation, it will be important to “be patient and stay the course” to prevent the spread, Maria Van Kerkhove, WHO technical lead for coronavirus response, told CNN Elizabeth Senior Medical Correspondent. Cohen.
“We have a bit of a rough start to 2021,” said Van Kerkhove.
Covid-19 rebounds in every US state
The increase in cases in many US states has resulted in hospitals struggling to meet the demand for treatment of coronavirus patients.
In Los Angeles County, one person contracts the virus every six seconds, Mayor Eric Garcetti told CBS’s “Face the Nation,” attributing the spread to population density and the spread in homes.
More than 45,000 new cases were reported in California on Sunday, as the state’s hospitalization rate reached its highest level since the start of the pandemic, with 21,510 people currently being treated in hospitals, according to the state’s health department boardStatete.
In Arizona, the state reported its highest daily total of cases on Sunday, with more than 17,000. There are currently 1,081 covid-19 patients in intensive care units, while there are totalsal of 4,557 hospitalized patients.
South Carolina on Sunday reported a coronavirus positivity rate of 29.6%, while four of the state’s 46 counties reported that their hospitals were at 100% capacity, according to the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control.
“There is no running away from numbers,Faceci told ABC. “It is something that we have to embrace and reverse that inflection with a very intense adherence to public health measures, uniformly throughout the country, with no exceptions.”
“What we do now matters,” says the US Director General of Health.
There is hope that the United States and other countries experiencing coronavirus surges can return to something close to normal by the summer or fall, Kerkhove said.
But measures such as testing, isolation, contact tracing and quarantine have already brought that sense of normalcy to other countries, he said.
“We have seen countries that have defeated this virus without vaccination,” he said. “We have the tools at hand right now to control this virus.”
Dr. Jerome Adams, U.S. Chief Health Officer, urged Americans, especially those who met over the holidays, to self-quarantine, get tested, wear a mask, wash their hands, and watch their distance. .
“Screenings are pretty scary, but they are screenings, and what we do now matters,” Adams told CNN’s Jake Tapper. “I want people to understand that if we overcome this current increase, things will start to improve, but it depends on the actions we all take right now.”
Adam’s wife, Lacey, was hospitalized due to complications from her cancer treatment. He said he was unable to see her due to covid-19.
“I want people to understand that if you don’t take covid precautions because you don’t feel at risk, it can affect you, your family, your community in many other ways,” he said. «I, as Secretary General of Health of the United States, had to leave my wife at the front door and I could not see her enter the hospital, I had not been able to visit her, I did not know if I was going to have a hospital bed due to all the precautions of covid ».
CNN’s Naomi Thomas, Virginia Langmaid, Kay Jones, Gregory Lemos, and Elizabeth Cohen contributed to this report.
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