Tuesday March 30th 2021
“Disaster” of the fourth wave is approaching
Biden makes vaccination promises – and warns
The USA is pushing the pace with corona vaccinations. According to the authorities, almost a third of the population has already received their first injection. The majority of adults should be eligible for vaccination in the next three weeks. But the US president and the CDC boss fear new calamities.
The USA is increasing the pace of corona vaccinations: The majority of all adult Americans should be eligible for vaccination in three weeks. By April 19, 90 percent of adults should be eligible for a vaccination, said US President Joe Biden in the White House. People should not have to travel long distances to get the vaccination: for 90 percent, a place to vaccinate will be within five miles (eight kilometers) by the deadline, promised Biden.
This should be made possible by injecting vaccines in almost 40,000 pharmacies in the country and building further mass vaccination centers from the ground up. The United States has a population of around 330 million. In absolute numbers, the country is hardest hit by the corona pandemic worldwide: More than 30 million infections with Sars-CoV-2 have been detected. Around 550,000 people have died in the USA in connection with a corona infection.
Before taking office on January 20, Biden had promised that at least 100 million vaccinations would be given in his first 100 days in office. The goal was achieved after just under 60 days in office. In the meantime, Biden has doubled his original goal: By the end of his first 100 days as president, at the end of April, a total of 200 million vaccinations are to be administered.
The vaccinations are advancing at a rapid pace. Last Saturday alone, according to the White House, around 3.5 million vaccine doses were injected within a day in the USA. That was a record. For several days in a row, the value of the administered vaccine doses exceeded three million. According to the US health authority CDC, almost 29 percent of the population have received at least one vaccine dose, and almost 16 percent of citizens are fully vaccinated.
In the state of New York, for example, from this Tuesday all citizens aged 30 and over can be vaccinated with one of the three available drugs, as New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced. A week later, all New Yorkers aged 16 and over are already on it – this is currently the minimum age for the vaccine.
“The war against Covid-19 is far from over”
Despite the success of the vaccination, Biden warned: In view of the increasing number of infections, the population should not let up in efforts to contain the pandemic. “The war against Covid-19 is far from over,” said the Democrat. You are in a race for life and death. Biden called on Americans to continue wearing masks – and he also appealed to governors and local leaders to maintain or reintroduce masking requirements. “Please, this is not about politics,” he said to her. “Reinstate the commandment if you’ve dropped it.” When asked by a reporter whether states should reverse their opening steps, Biden replied in the affirmative.
The CDC boss Rochelle Walensky also expressed concern. In view of the increasing number of cases, you will not get rid of the feeling that disaster is imminent. There is so much to look forward to and so much reason to hope. “But right now I’m scared.”
There are currently three vaccines in use in the USA: In addition to the preparations from Moderna and Biontech / Pfizer, in which two doses are injected, the vaccine from Johnson & Johnson, which only requires one dose, is also used. The CDC health authority had taken a closer look at the vaccines from Pfizer / Biontech and Moderna for a new study. The investigation confirmed their effectiveness, even against infections without symptoms.
“The results showed that after the second vaccine dose, the risk of infection was reduced by 90 percent two or more weeks after vaccination,” said the agency. Infections without symptoms were also recorded, which made up a “small proportion” of around ten percent of all positive tests. It is hoped that vaccinated people will in most cases no longer be able to infect others and that chains of infection can be broken.