More than 97,000 patients have been hospitalized with the virus – a far cry from the country’s peak of more than 132,400 on January 6.. The last time the number fell below 100,000 was on 1 December.
“Right now it’s the worst of the possible world. It’s winter. It’s getting colder, people are more together, there is still a significant number of people in the United States who don’t wear masks, who don’t have social distance. , ”Member of FDA’s Vaccine Advisory Committee, Drs. Paul Offit told CNN on Saturday. “I think the next six weeks or two months are going to be rough. I think we might have another 100,000, 150,000 deaths.”
Administered 29.5 million doses
But there is good reason for hope.
Troubled by week-long allocation and distribution problems, the numbers are lower than what experts once hoped America would be by now. But health and state officials expect vaccination to pick up in the coming months.
In New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office said Saturday morning that the state received 91% of the first vaccine dose from the federal government and urged more supplies.
“New York’s vast distribution network is able to deal with more than 100,000 vaccinations per day, but to actually do so, we need higher doses from the federal government,” Cuomo said in a statement.
The governor first announced that the state would receive a 16% higher dose for the next three weeks. In his Saturday statement, Cuomo said that while the collision is a “welcome increase”, the reality is that we simply need more supplies.
In Washington state, health officials announced that more than 10,000 people were vaccinated at the state’s mass vaccination sites with the help of the state’s National Guard and other allies.
A Washington State Department of Health statement said, “The goal of mass vaccination sites is to increase vaccine access across the state, to ensure our plans are equitable, and are most threatened.”
Transit authorities implement CDC guidance
Meanwhile, an order issued by the CDC requires people to wear masks while using any form of public transport in the US.
The agency said public transport operators should use the best efforts to enforce the mandate, which only includes mask-wearing and riding passengers who refuse to comply.
Transit officials in several major US cities and states, including New York, New Jersey, Washington, DC, San Francisco, Chicago, and Atlanta, said they are already in compliance.
In Washington DC, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority told CNN that “face covering has been required on the metro since May.”
“We welcome any policy that further promotes compliance on the metro and all public places to deal with the spread of the virus, and the ability of the TSA and other federal authorities to implement this mandate when appropriate. Welcomes, ”a spokesperson said.
In California, a Bay Area Rapid Transit spokesman said the Bay Area’s public transportation system has a mandate to cover the space since April.
In Atlanta, a spokeswoman said the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority began requiring masks in July.
Trying to understand more about viruses
And now it’s been more than a year since the world first came to know about the virus, a team of investigators from the World Health Organization will head into a seafood wholesale market in Wuhan, China on Sunday – It is believed that the market where Kovid-19 infection was first detected.
A member told CNN that the team of experts was released from two weeks of quarantine on Thursday.
Ella Mantra, Sandi Sidhu, Lauren Mascarenhas, Laura Lee, Amanda Watts and Holly Silverman contributed to this report.