The grim milestone underpins the growing need for more vaccines by government officials to vaccinate Americans faster.
On Tuesday, President Joe Biden, Covid’s coordinator Jeff Zients, informed governors that allocations will increase by about 16% starting next week, a source familiar with the call said.
Biden called for 100 million vaccination shots in the first 100 days of his presidency, but also demanded a 100-day mask before vaccinations with a long vaccination.
With these additional doses, Biden said it would be enough to fully vaccinate 300 million Americans — almost the entire U.S. population — by the end of summer or early fall.
Supply of vaccines that do not meet demand
States are struggling with stress after nearly a year of responding to the pandemic and can’t wait to get vaccinations quickly and try to get back to life as usual.
“We have to defeat it because the Mississippians are done. We have prepared the funeral of our loved ones lost due to the virus. We have finished the stressful hospitals. We have done a terrible speech of closures and shutdowns. We are ready for the community again,” said Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves. celebrated about 200,000 vaccines delivered.
The director of the Center for Disease Prevention and Control in Maine said he was “very encouraged” by the new presidential administration’s approach to vaccinations, but the state is still struggling with a shortage of vaccinations.
“We know that currently the number of people who want to get vaccinated significantly exceeds the supply of vaccines available to us,” Dr. Nirav Shah said.
Colorado Governor Jared Polis said his talks with the Biden administration had a hopeful impact on the future of vaccine distribution, but “we can’t expect further care yet.”
Even if the administration delivers on the promised 16% growth, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo told MSNBC Nicolle Wallace that this will not be enough.
“We’re functionally out there, starting to get a new allocation in the next few days,” Cuomo said.
Variants arouse demand and fears
Public fears are heightened by the spread of coronavirus variants.
On Tuesday, Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear announced that two cases of the version first identified in the UK have been confirmed in the state.
Due to the threat of variants, the reopening of the state is of greater concern in California, the United States at the latest epicenter of the pandemic, said Barbara Ferrer, Los Angeles County Director of Public Health.
“It wouldn’t be the time to think just because we reopen it to make things look rosy,” he said, noting that asymptomatic spread is a problem. “We need to proceed with caution in the coming weeks. At many other points where we have reopened our sectors, we have actually experienced a collision in our cases, we can’t really afford that.”
Albert Bourla, CEO of Pfizer, for his part, tried to allay fears about the variants with the assurance that the fight against them was already well-founded.
“We shouldn’t be scared, but I think we need to be prepared,” Bourla said at the Bloomberg The Year Ahead event on Tuesday. “As soon as we discover something that isn’t as effective, we produce a reminder dose very, very quickly, which is a small difference from the present.”
The school is reopening security
Meanwhile, good news shone on Tuesday for parents hoping to get their children back to school.
The CDC reports that with appropriate mitigation strategies, K-12 schools will have the opportunity for personal learning with minimal Covid-19 transmission.
These mitigation strategies include wearing masks, social distance, and limiting time in common outdoor spaces, according to a study by the CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.
In Ohio, Governor Mike DeWine said his goal is for anyone working in a school to receive their first dose of vaccination in the first month of February, at least in the hopes of sending all students back to school by March 1st.
Currently, people over the age of 75 and those with certain diseases can be vaccinated. On Feb. 1, employees aged 70 and over and K-12 schools will be eligible for the vaccination, he said at a news conference on Tuesday.
The reopened schools were of paramount importance to many officials as students across the country spent months learning. But local leaders approached the return in different ways.
Nine of the country’s 20 largest school districts are currently online, eight of which can choose full-time or all online options, two have hybrid plans, and one in Hawaii changes plans based on the rate of infection on different islands.
CNN’s Amanda Watts, Virginia Langmaid, Mj Lee, Sara Murray, Jamiel Lynch, Anna Sturla, Keith Allen, Mirna Alsharif, Taylor Romine, Elizabeth Cohen, Rebekah Riess, Stella Chan, Amanda Sealy, Jennifer Henderson and Lauren Mascarenhas contributed to this. report.