This month, 20 million Americans will be vaccinated against COVID-19, with health workers at the top of the list.
“As we enter January, February and March, and more and more high-profile groups, we get in April, we get vaccinations for the population for 20- and 30-year-old healthy men and women. a woman who wants to be vaccinated, ”said Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergic and Infectious Diseases. “Once we get there, we can control this epidemic in the same way as smallpox, polio and measles.”
Fauci, the country’s chief infectious disease expert, joined Governor Jared Polis in a remote update on the state’s response to the coronavirus epidemic on Tuesday, Dec. 1.
Faucit was appointed director of NIAID in 1984 and has advised six presidents on HIV / AIDS and a number of other domestic and global health issues, and currently serves on the Trump Administration’s coronavirus working group.
Governor Jared Polis previously predicted that the state could receive 100 to 200,000 doses in December and early January. According to Fauci, the 40 million doses available in December – each person will receive two doses of the vaccine – will be distributed to states according to population size, meaning Colorado could receive more than Polis predicted.
The draft Colorado distribution plan calls for health workers to be the first in the vaccine, including those working in assisted living.
This is followed first by police officers, firefighters, correctional workers, and members of Colorado’s “critical” workforce, followed by nursing homes and residents of long-term care facilities living nearby, such as prisons and homeless shelters.
Some people have expressed distrust of the new COVID-19 vaccines. According to Fauci, all this is due to messaging and transparency. He explained the vaccines were tested on more than 70,000 Americans and then independently reviewed and re-examined by food scientists at the Food and Drug Administration, who also wait 60 days to look for adverse side effects before granting an emergency license for a vaccine.
“I think if all healthcare workers realized how transparent and independent the process would be, they would feel much more comfortable with vaccination,” Fauci said. “You see me as a public health person now, but I’m also a health care provider.” And I see patients too, and I will vaccinate when the time comes. “
Polis asked the coloradans to wear a mask to protect themselves and others. ”Fauci echoed his emotions.
“No intervention is 100 percent, but if we ignored non-100 percent interventions, we would be in big trouble,” Fauci said. “We know that seat belts are quite certain to save lives, but occasionally there is a serious enough car accident for someone to wear a seat belt and still be seriously injured or even die. Does that mean people shouldn’t wear seat belts? Not at all.”
A press conference with Fauci came a few days after Polis announced that his partner, Marlon Reis, was showing positive results for the virus.
“I’m grateful to report that we’re both still performing well. It’s very mild symptoms – it’s just such a lottery, ”Polis said.
Earlier this week, when she spoke to CPR News, she said she was grateful she hadn’t seen her parents for Thanksgiving.
But plenty of Colorado gathered for the celebration, including elected Republican Lauren Boebert, who said he welcomed 30 people.