January 23, 2021 2:44 PM | By EFE
15 minutes. Health centers across the US had to begin canceling thousands of appointments to provide the covid-19 vaccine in the face of dose shortages, prompting despair and unanswered questions from health officials.
The situation is especially dire in Texas, which averages about 20,000 new cases a day.. That raises concerns about whether officials will be able to curb the spread when they can’t get the vaccines they desperately need to do so, it says Saturday. The New York Times.
Houston, the nation’s fourth-largest city, is struggling with a similar problem when hospitals that serve some of its poorest residents run out of the vaccine. This led some public health experts to wonder why the doses are not available to vulnerable communities, the newspaper also notes.
Find an answer
It also highlights that the sense of chaos in distribution, not only in Texas but in a variety of states, is exposing how local officials are struggling to fill the void left by lack, until this week that Joe took office as president. Biden, for a comprehensive response at the federal level.
Health officials trying to find an answer are puzzled by reports that millions of dose available are not used.
As of Friday morning, nearly 39.9 million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines had been distributed to state and local governments.
However, only about 19.1 million doses had been administered to patients. This according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, also highlights the Times.
Competition for vaccines
Remember that Pfizer and Moderna agreed to provide this country with 100 million doses of vaccines. The companies are racing to make the vaccines, together releasing between 12 million and 18 million doses per week.
The newspaper points out similar situations of cancellation of appointments in other states including Hawaii, where a hospital in Maui canceled 5,000 first-dose appointments. In addition, it put another 15,000 applications on hold.
The New York newspaper points out that it seems that problems with the distribution of doses of the vaccine already available are responsible for much of the acute shortage of vaccines.
“I think this is really a continuation of the consequences of the lack of a coordinated federal response. Basically, cities and counties were left alone to deal with this pandemic,” Dr. Grant Colfax, head of the Department of Health, told the newspaper. San Francisco Public Health.