Pandemic update – unfortunately, after months of Trump

States are ramping up their Covid-19 vaccination programs so more people can be protected against the virus, but some governors are confused and angry because they don’t know how much vaccine the federal government will send them…

…On Friday, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar told NBC News there is no “reserve stockpile” of Covid-19 vaccine doses left to release…

Dr. Marcus Plescia, chief medical officer for the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, called the federal government’s release of vaccine more of a “paper exercise.”

The stockpile appears to be all on paper; they were tracking anticipated need but not actually holding back product,” Plescia said…

President-elect Joe Biden on Thursday announced a plan — as part of a wider $1.9 trillion economic rescue proposal — to send $350 billion to state, local and territorial governments.

The money will be used in part to help distribute the vaccine, as well as to increase testing, keep frontline workers employed, reopen schools and maintain vital services…

Biden aims to vaccinate 100 million people in 100 days, and that’s a feasible goal, Dr. Anthony Fauci said Friday on NBC’s “Today” show.

“Even now, we’ve gone from half a million a day to 750,000 (doses) a day. I believe strongly that it (1 million per day) is doable — and if we do it, stay on target to get the overwhelming majority of the country vaccinated,” said Fauci…

If you expected better than this from Trump and his Republican Party…I think I can get you a great deal on a bridge for sale in Brooklyn.

6 thoughts on “Pandemic update – unfortunately, after months of Trump

  1. p/s says:

    Vaccine reserve Trump administration vowed to release doesn’t exist, dashing hopes of expanded access https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-vaccine-no-reserves-expanded-distribution-20210115.html
    Vaccine reserves promised by Trump officials simply aren’t there—and states are left to deal with the chaos https://fortune.com/2021/01/15/covid-vaccine-reserves-trump-administration-states-distribution-rollout/
    New Covid variant first found in UK could become dominant strain in U.S. by March, CDC says https://www.cnbc.com/2021/01/15/new-covid-variant-first-found-in-uk-could-become-dominant-strain-in-us-by-march-cdc-says-.html

    When they ask why we died / Tell them because President Trump lied

  2. p/s says:

    (1/13/21): While millions of vaccine doses sit on shelves at risk of spoilage at short-staffed, overwhelmed hospitals, smaller doctors’ offices and independent pharmacies have been sitting on the sidelines.
    As of Tuesday, 9 million U.S. residents have been vaccinated, according to CDC data, a far cry from the 20 million people the administration promised to vaccinate by the end of 2020. Four weeks since celebratory first doses, federal officials have distributed 25 million doses to states.
    Last week, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said Operation Warp Speed, the federal COVID-19 vaccine and therapeutics initiative, was accelerating its partnership with pharmacies to speed uptake, which experts say could boost distribution. https://www.rollcall.com/2021/01/13/covid-19-vaccines-sit-at-hospitals-as-doctors-pharmacies-await-doses/
    Meanwhile: India launches world’s largest COVID-19 vaccination drive https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/1/16/india-set-for-huge-vaccine-drive-as-virus-deaths-top-2-million
    India, home to 1.3 billion, is aiming to inoculate about 300 million people by July.
    The population of the U.S. is estimated to be about 332 million
    The 1947 New York City smallpox outbreak occurred in March 1947 and was declared ended on April 24, 1947. Within three weeks of the discovery of the outbreak, the U.S. Public Health Service, in conjunction with New York City health officials, had procured the smallpox vaccine and inoculated over 6,350,000 adults and children. Of that number, 5,000,000 had been vaccinated within the first two weeks. The rapid response was credited with limiting the outbreak to 12 people, 10 of whom recovered, while 2 died. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1947_New_York_City_smallpox_outbreak

  3. nicknielsensc says:

    I’ve long known I’m a much better technician than manager. I have joked that “Everybody calls it management, when I do it they call it manglement.”

    This makes me look like a management genius.

      • Update says:

        A third of Americans say they are unlikely or hesitant to get COVID-19 vaccine : University of California – Davis nationwide survey (Jan 29, 2021) https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-01/uoc–ato012921.php
        Primary Findings Summary:
        ● Male, older, white, married, and those from higher-income households more likely to vaccinate.
        ● Republicans and Fox News viewers were less likely to vaccinate.
        ● Being currently immunized against influenza predicted COVID-19 vaccination intent.
        ● A better understanding of COVID-19 vaccination hesitancy is needed.

        Article includes link to UCD study and related information (scroll down)

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