U.S. COVID-19 cases exaggerated

Tuesday, 05 Jan, 2021

"We have well over 300,000 deaths".

Dr. Anthony Fauci said Sunday that the country has fallen far short of its goal of vaccinating 20 million Americans by the end of 2020. See what the health care workers are dealing with.

California accounts for more than 2 million infections and 26,500 deaths, with Southern California as an epicenter.

Arizona on Sunday reported a one-day record of more than 17,200 new cases, eclipsing the previous mark of about 12,000 set in early December.

"The US has the most COVID-19 cases in the world reporting over 20.5 million cases, according to Johns Hopkins University". While the numbers are low compared to the surge that began in early December, they reflect a holiday period of less testing and processing of results.

Of the 448 new cases, 127 are confirmed and 231 are probable.

Having pledged to vaccinate 20 million Americans by the end of past year, the latest figures showed that, in fact, just over two million people had been inoculated. "There have been a couple of glitches, that's understandable" he said.

"I'm not sure [the COVID-19 vaccine] going to be mandatory from a central government standpoint, like federal government mandates", Fauci said, though he added that he's "sure" that some individual institutions will require the shot. And what is it like as a surgeon general when the president of the United States spreads these lies about the pandemic? The last 72 hours, we saw 1.5 million first shots reported.

With the USA coronavirus caseload growing by tens of thousands a day and Trump preoccupied with a November reelection bid he lost, the White House mostly sidelined Fauci in favor of a more favorable commentary on the development of the vaccines.

Fauci, who will be serving in the Biden administration, agreed that "we're not where we want to be" in the speed on vaccinations but said on NBC that that could be turned around this month. He added that jam-packed hospitals and stressed-out healthcare workers are "not fake".

The president blamed local authorities for the delays, tweeting that "the vaccines are being delivered to the states by the Federal Government far faster than they can be administered!"

Adams acknowledged there were a series of hurdles preventing the vaccination effort from progressing quickly, including the holidays and an overwhelming number of infections.

Another alternative is being explored for the Moderna vaccine, he said: administer half-doses, twice.

"We're seeing a person every six seconds contract COVID-19 here in Los Angeles County", Garcetti said. "There's no question that we have a shortage of medical personnel". He said there would always be challenges in "trying to get a massive vaccine program started and getting off on the right foot".

Garcetti urged people to double down on precautions as what is expected to be "the darkest month" advances. "It's a very disorganized kind of slow walk and it really depends where you live and in some places who you know, and that is not how a national vaccine campaign should be carried out".