Fauci’s remarks come as the Trump administration appears poised to miss its end-of-year target of vaccinating 20 million Americans. About 12.4 million doses of vaccine have been shipped to the states, and about 2.7 million people received the first of two shots. according to dates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Meanwhile, the US outbreak has continued to worsen over the winter season as Americans spread the virus indoors and gather in groups to celebrate the holidays. More than 3,740 deaths were logged Another daily record is expected on Wednesday, and the number of cases is expected to soar rapidly through January.
The vaccines developed by Pfizer and Moderna, both of which were approved for emergency purposes by the Food and Drug Administration earlier this month, alleviate the public health crisis. But Fauci admitted Thursday that US vaccination efforts had failed to match the rosier projections of some government officials.
Fauci reported that on Wednesday morning he spoke with General Gustave Perna, Chief Operating Officer of Operation Warp Speed, about the status of the vaccination programs and that the vaccination rate desired by the government could now be reached earlier, “as we did in mid-January, February and March “of the next year.
“Whenever you have a very major surgery – like trying to vaccinate an entire country with a new vaccine – there will always be bumps in the road and hiccups over it,” Fauci said. “We hope this is a reflection of that.”
In the past few days, the government has argued that the CDC’s vaccination numbers are less than the actual number of shots administered, while President Donald Trump himself has repeatedly required states to vaccinate residents. “The federal government distributed the vaccines to the federal states. It is now up to the states to administer. Move!” he tweeted On Wednesday.
But Fauci stressed Thursday that the federal government must first ensure that “states and local authorities have the resources necessary to implement these programs,” and he nodded to his apparent disagreement with the White House over vaccination strategy.
“My feeling is – and not everyone would agree – that there has to be a strong relationship between the national approach and the local approach,” said Fauci.
When federal officials “leave their state and local counterparts” alone, without giving them directions, without giving them the kind of resources they need … they can’t, “he added. “And that’s positive evidence.”