Dr. Carlos del Rio warned “The News with Shepard Smith” that the effort to vaccinate Americans needs to “change dramatically,” as the United States missed its vaccination goals two weeks after Americans started receiving shots.
“If we’re going to get to have every single American who needs a vaccine and wants the vaccine, vaccinated by July, we need to start vaccinating about 3 million people a day,” said del Rio, who is distinguished professor of medicine at Emory University. “That is a huge effort and it’s going to require a major coordinating effort and it’s going to require funding.”
Operation Warp Speed leaders promised that the country would have 20 million doses by the end of the year. So far, states have only received 11.4 million doses and approximately 2 million Americans have received shots, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Del Rio said that the vaccination efforts require widespread collaboration.
“This really requires the federal government, state governments, private sector, public sector, it needs everybody to do their best to really have clinics open all the time, to have the vaccinations available,” del Rio said. “We’ve had underfunded public health for years right now, and
ERIE, Colo. — Whenever Larry Kelderman looks up from the car he’s fixing and peers across the street, he’s looking across a border. His town of 28,000 straddles two counties, separated by County Line Road.
Kelderman’s auto repair business is in Boulder County, whose officials are sticklers for public health and have topped the county website with instructions on how to report COVID violations. Kelderman lives in Weld County, where officials refuse to enforce public health rules.
Weld County’s test positivity rate is twice that of its neighbor, but Kelderman is pretty clear which side he backs.
“Which is worse, the person gets the virus and survives and they still have a business, or they don’t get the virus and they lose their livelihood?” he said.
Boulder boasts one of the most highly educated populations in the nation; Weld boasts about its sugar beets, cattle and thousands of oil and gas wells. Summer in Boulder County means concerts featuring former members of the Grateful Dead; in Weld County, it’s rodeo time. Boulder voted for Biden, Weld for Trump. Per capita income in Boulder is nearly 50% higher than in Weld.
Even their COVID outbreaks are different: In Boulder County, the
The lack of Covid testing capacity in the United States could mean the new, highly transmissible coronavirus strain that first emerged in the United Kingdom is already working its way through communities across the U.S.
That’s according to Dr. Nahid Bhadelia, the medical director of the Special Pathogens Unit at Boston Medical Center.
“To find that strain, what we need to do is to take a percentage of the samples that are diagnosed and do deep genetic analysis, and (in) the U.S., our capacity hasn’t been spectacular,” the infectious diseases physician told “The News with Shepard Smith” on Monday. “If the strain is here, we might just be missing it because the holes in our net are too wide.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the new variant has not been detected in the U.S.
However, the agency said viruses have only been sequenced from about 51,000 of the 17 million infections in the country. The United Kingdom has recorded the most sequences with 125,00. Infections in the U.K. hit their second-highest daily total on Christmas Eve, with the country confirming 39,036 new Covid-19 cases that day.
Starting Monday, the U.S. will require all travelers
A view of signage leading to one of the testing centers at Heathrow Airport on December 22, 2020 in London, England.
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The United States will begin requiring people flying in from the U.K. to test negative for Covid-19 no more than 72 hours before departure, the CDC said in a late Thursday statement.
The announcement comes after the U.K. earlier this week said it identified a new strain of Covid-19 that appears to spread more quickly. The CDC said President Donald Trump will sign the order on Friday, Christmas Day, and the measure will go into effect starting Monday.
The CDC said passengers would have to provide airlines with documentation of their lab results from either polymerase chain reaction (PCR) or antigen tests.
Airlines would also have to confirm that passengers have tested negative before boarding, the agency said. They would also have to block passengers from boarding if they refuse to take a test.
Earlier this week, Delta Air Lines, Virgin Atlantic and British Airways began requiring passengers to test negative before boarding flights bound for New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport. United Airlines also requires negative test