Dr. Carlos del Rio warned The News with Shepard Smith that vaccination efforts for Americans must “change dramatically” since the United States missed its vaccination targets two weeks after the Americans were shot.
“If we want every American who needs a vaccine and wants the vaccine to be vaccinated by July, we have to vaccinate about 3 million people a day,” said del Rio, who was named a professor of medicine at the University of Rio Emory University. “It’s a tremendous effort and it will take a lot of coordination and funding.”
Operation Warp Speed leaders promised the country would receive 20 million cans by the end of the year. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, states have only received 11.4 million doses to date, and approximately 2 million Americans have received shots. Del Rio said the vaccination effort requires broad collaboration.
“This really requires the federal government, state governments, the private sector and the public sector. Everyone has to do their best so that the clinics are really always open and the vaccinations are available,” said del Rio. “We have underfunded public health for years and it is really difficult to find public health workers who are not employed and can start vaccinating.”
White House Coronavirus Zone, Adm. Brett Giroir, defended Tuesday’s rollout in MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell Reports.
“The numbers report 2.1 million vaccines in people’s arms. We know this is under-reported as there is a three to seven day delay, but we expect this to increase,” said Giroir.
He added that anyone in the US who wants a vaccine can get one by June, but a model by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation predicts an additional 200,000 Americans would die in the next three months. More Americans are being hospitalized with Covid than ever before, according to the Covid Tracking Project.
Del Rio said reaching the vaccination goal will require recruiting more people to administer vaccines, especially as health workers remain busier than ever.
“You have a problem with the staff, and you have a problem with the staff. So we have to be creative and find ways to train medical students, nursing students and others to administer the vaccines, because if we don’t, we will Do not achieve goal, “said del Rio.