Washington – The United States surpassed 25 million confirmed cases of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus this Sunday, when the Administration of the president, Joe Biden, tries to rush vaccination to stop the expansion of the pandemic that has caused more than 400,000 deaths in the country.
Four days after Biden took office, the country counted 25,003,695 infected, according to the independent count from Johns Hopkins University.
This figure is equivalent to 25.2% of the world total and 7.62% of the 328.2 million inhabitants of the world’s leading power, which for months has been the country hardest hit by the disease in the world.RELATED
In terms of deaths, the United States totals 417,538, which is practically double that of Brazil, which with 216,445 deaths ranks second in the statistics of deaths caused by the virus.
The country is followed in numbers of cases by India, with more than 10.6 million, and Brazil, with more than 8.8 million.
Without so many doses
Statistics also revealed that since Biden was sworn in on Wednesday, more than 500,000 Americans have contracted the virus.
The pandemic has become, together with immigration and economic recovery, one of the main tasks of the Democratic leader, who has promised to vaccinate 100 million people in his first 100 days as head of the Executive.
Officials of his Administration expressed their concern on Sunday about the supply of the doses, at a time when local authorities have warned that they have little inventory or may have already exhausted it.
The alerts came on after numerous vaccination appointments began to be canceled in states like Texas, which ranks second behind California in infection count.
California, which has already exceeded three million infections, has slowed down the allocation of appointments, fearing that they do not have enough doses.
“We do not have as many doses as we would like now for states like New York or other states that claim to have run out of vaccines,” said the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC, in English), Rochelle Walensky, in the Fox News’s “Fox News Sunday” program.
Walensky considered this situation a “pressure point” at this time.
However, the official drew a bleaker scenario. “One of the biggest problems right now is that I can’t tell how many vaccines we have, and if I can’t tell you, then I can’t tell the governors and I can’t tell state health officials,” he warned.
The newly appointed official admitted that if local authorities “do not know how many vaccines they will receive, not only this week, but the next and the next, they cannot plan.”
The CDC estimated as of this Sunday that more than 41.1 million doses have been distributed in the United States, of which only 21.8 million have been administered.
The Washington Post newspaper noted that on Saturday more than 1.3 million doses were administered in the country, the fifth consecutive day in which the record of one million was surpassed.
New president, new plan
And taking the doses into the arms of the Americans is for the White House chief of staff, Ron Klain, “the difficult process.”
“That is where we are behind as a country. That’s where we focus on the Biden Administration to increase that, “he admitted on the NBC News program” Meet the Press. “
Klain, recognized as a strong critic of Donald Trump’s management of the pandemic, drew attention to the absence of a distribution plan during the last Administration.
“The process for distributing the vaccine, particularly outside of nursing homes and hospitals, in the community as a whole, didn’t really exist when we got to the White House,” he said.
The official pointed out that “the fundamental difference” between the approach of the Biden government and that of Trump is that they will be the “owners” of the problem and will work in collaboration with the states.
The US surgeon general (head of public health in the Government), Vivek Murthy, defended the goal of applying 100 million doses and pointed out that it is “a floor, not a ceiling.”
He also joined the voices that warn that “vaccinating as many Americans as possible” will require “a lot of work.”
“It is also an objective – he explained in the space” This Week “, of the ABC News chain – that reflects the realities we face, what could go well, but also what could go wrong.”
Deborah Birx, who coordinated the White House task force against covid in the past Administration, revealed to CBS News’s “Face the Nation” that there were people who believed that the virus “was a hoax” and that Trump presented graphics she never did.
“I know that someone out there or someone inside was creating a parallel set of data and graphs that were shown to the president,” said the former official, who questioned that sometimes “pieces” of the database were used “because it makes us look better. than Europe ”.