Dr. Fauci says the sluggish roll-out of Covid vaccines has been “disappointing”.

Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases, speaks to Alex Azar, the unpictured secretary for Health and Human Services (HHS), before receiving the Cova-19 vaccine from Moderna Inc. during an event at the NIH Clinical that Center Masur Auditorium in Bethesda, Maryland, the United States, on Tuesday, December 22, 2020. The National Institutes of Health are hosting a livestream vaccination event to fuel the organization’s efforts for its workforce on the front lines of the pandemic. Photographer: Patrick Semansky / Associated Press / Bloomberg via Getty Images

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According to Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases, was disappointing with the slower-than-expected adoption of Covid vaccines in the US.

Officials from Operation Warp Speed, President Donald Trump’s vaccination program, announced that the country would immunize 20 million people with the first two-dose Covid-19 vaccine in December. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, of more than 12.4 million doses distributed, nearly 2.8 million were actually administered.

“We would have liked to have seen it gone smoothly and given 20 million doses to people by the end of 2020 (year). That was the projection. Obviously it didn’t happen and that’s disappointing,” Fauci said Thursday on NBC’s “TODAY” show. “Hopefully the increasing momentum in the first few weeks of January will get us to where we want to be.”

States and counties need more resources to speed up the pace of vaccination, Fauci said. Trump has been defending his administration’s rollout for the past few days by saying it is the responsibility of states to manage the shots once they are delivered by Operation Warp Speed.

Michael Pratt, a spokesperson for the program, said earlier this week that the CDC’s data is likely to be inaccurate due to delays in reporting.

“Operation Warp Speed ​​remains on track to deliver approximately 40 million vaccine doses and provide 20 million primary vaccination doses by the end of December 2020. The distribution of the 20 million primary doses extends into the first week of January when states place orders for them “he said in a statement.

Dr. Paul Offit, director of the Vaccine Education Center at Pennsylvania Children’s Hospital, told CNN Thursday that the federal government had invested heavily in vaccine development but failed to match those efforts in terms of distribution and administration.

“With the urgency we put in making a vaccine and the money we put in making a vaccine, we spent $ 24 billion on what was essentially a Manhattan Project-like response. … That’s the vaccine part, “he said. “Now comes the vaccination part that is just as difficult and will equally require this Manhattan Project-like response.”

“The federal government needs to step up its response to vaccines in the same way it stepped up its response to making the vaccine,” said Offit, a voting member of the Food and Drug Administration’s Advisory Committee on Vaccines and Related Biological Products.

Dr. Jonathan Reiner, professor of medicine and surgery at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health, calls for “mass vaccination” events. He said the government should consider converting places like polling stations, soccer stadiums and race tracks into temporary vaccination clinics.

“We have to vaccinate about 2 million people a day … versus 150,000 people a day. And I just don’t see the urgency,” he told CNN on Thursday.

Also on Thursday, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said the city would use schools, pop-up clinics and “whatever it takes” to get 1 million vaccinations by the end of January. “We have to switch to mass vaccination mode and we have to do that now.”

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