At a state level, Texas officials reported a record-high hospitalization on Tuesday, with more than 11,700 Kovid-19 patients statewide, while Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp said a temporary one with an additional 60 beds The hospital may open in the next few days.
In Los Angeles County, hospitalizations are all high and nearly 1,000% are close to 7,200 since about two months ago. With a surge in patients, some hospitals are running out of oxygen tanks.
“I’m really beyond waves or bounce now and it’s a viral tsunami that we’re experiencing now,” epidemiologist Dr. Robert Kim-Farley said.
The Transportation Security Administration said that more than 1.1 million people passed through airport security checkpoints across the country on Monday alone.
Professor of Medicine at George Washington University, Drs. “The next few months are going to be terrible,” said Jonathan Rainer. “We’re going to lose 3,000, maybe more people a day, maybe until we recover in February. And then, we should start seeing some light.”
Experts said that while ongoing vaccination is expected to continue, the process is taking longer than many health officials expected, and it is possible that it will begin to have a meaningful impact in the country a few months earlier.
Vaccination is slower than officials
But Trump administration officials told CNN that vaccine delivery is on track and blamed gaps in reporting data.
However, Biden-Harris transition Kovid-19 advisory board member Drs. Celine Gounder said vaccination is “clearly not an acceptable speed.”
“We have basically vaccinated two million people in two weeks, so that’s one million people a week,” Gounder said. “At that pace it will take us over a decade to vaccinate all Americans with Pfizer and the modern vaccine”
The country’s current vaccination numbers are certainly not where “we wanted to be at the end of December,” Drs. Anthony Fauci told CNN.
“Even if you undercount … how low can it be? So we’re down to where we want to be,” said Fauci, a longtime director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. “I believe that as soon as we arrive in January, we are going to see an increase in speed that … I hope will allow us to hold up to the projected speed we talked about.”
Early, which occurs in the country, the country may quickly begin to have an “open season” of vaccinations, where vaccines may be widely available to the American public, Fauci said.
He said, “When you get to the point where you can essentially say anyone and everyone who wants to get vaccinated can be vaccinated, when you really revolve around the dynamics of the outbreak Are, “he said.
UK version searched in Colorado
Officials said the case was confirmed in a man in his 20s who is currently in isolation and has no travel history.
“There’s a lot we don’t know about this new Kovid-19 version, but scientists in the United Kingdom are warning the world that it’s significantly more contagious,” Colorado Gov. Jared Polis said in a statement.
And according to one expert, the version is “almost certainly” in many states.
“I think we will be seeing evidence of this in the coming days,” Biden-Harris Transition Kovid-19 advisory board member Dr. Atul Gawande said.
The Colorado man’s unknown travel history means that “this person raised it in the community,” Gawande said.
“Exactly how prevalent this is is the real question,” he said. “If it is spreading, how effective is it?”
“We know that it is a more contagious variant and is a serious concern if it only starts spreading now, given that our hospitals and ICUs in particular are already being filled.”
As per CNN reporting, at least 26 countries have reported variants so far.
More than 2 million children were Kovid-19
Meanwhile, Kovid-19 cases in children continue to climb throughout the US.
A new report by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children’s Hospital Association stated that there were more than 178,000 new cases of Kovid-19 among children in the week ending 24 December.
This brings the total number of cases to over two million children. Children now represent approximately 12.4% of all Kovid-19 cases in the US.
Between 10 December and 24 December, the report stated that there was a 22% increase in cases in children.
CNN’s Greg Wallace, Shelby Lynn Erdmann, Andrea Diaz, Lindsey Benson, Raja Razek and Jennifer Selva contributed to this report.