States look for more Covid-19 vaccine doses as the nation's death toll nears 400,000

各州都在竞相获得Covid-19疫苗的供应和分发,以便成为美国疾病控制和预防中心 (CDC) warned Friday of more contagious variants of coronavirus potentially exacerbating the spread.

CDC officials implored Americans to continue with preventative measures against the coronavirus, while highlighting the 变体 first identified in Britain known as B.1.1.7.
The B.1.1.7 variant appears to more readily infect human cells and one CDC simulation of its transmissibility raised concerns that it could become the most dominant form of coronavirus in March.
The CDC called for continued and aggressive vaccine distribution to try and stem the tide. “Higher vaccination coverage might need to be achieved to protect the public,” CDC researchers warned.
在周五, 3,258 people died of Covid-19 in the US, as the total number of deaths from the 大流行 edged closer to 400,000. The nation also recorded its 11th consecutive day of more than 200,000 infections, per Johns Hopkins University data.
至少 12.2 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines have been administered as of Friday, according to the CDC amid a federal rollout that has received intense scrutiny and criticism from state officials.
Some states were upset by news from Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, who said there is noreserve stockpileof vaccines available to release.
We now have enough confidence that our ongoing production will be quality and available to provide the second dose for people, so we’re not sitting on a reserve anymore,” Azar told NBC NewsLester Holt in an interview.We’ve made that available to the states to order.

Vaccine supply woes

Oregon Governor Kate Brown said she wasshocked and appalledand said her state will have to enact a two-week delay in vaccinating more seniors.
科罗拉多州政府. Jared Polis said Friday he isextremely disappointed that we were lied toabout the reserve vaccines, and that the next vaccineswill be delivered in the future of the supply chain.
There is no influx of doses, contrary to a call we had with the Vice President [和] the Secretary of Health three days ago, where they informed us we would be getting an additional quantity available to the states,” 州长说.
Polis estimated that of the 58,000 remaining doses in Colorado, “they will likely all or almost all be used by Sunday.
Governors from Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota wrote to Azar, critical of federal plans and hopeful they could purchase vaccines from manufacturers directly.
Without additional supply or authorization to purchase directly, our states may be forced to cancel plans for public vaccination clinics in the coming weeks, which are expected to vaccinate tens of thousands. It’s time for the Trump administration to do the right thing and help us end this pandemic,” the letter states.
National Guard members assist with check-ins for vaccines in New Jersey.

Pfizer on Friday tried to reassure state leadership and the public about production of its vaccine, saying it didn’t anticipate any interruptions in shipments.
Operation Warp Speed has asked us to start shipping second doses only recently. 结果是, we have on hand all the second doses of the previous shipments to the US. We are working around the clock to produce millions more each day,” Pfizer said in a statement to CNN.

Mask restrictions continue to fluctuate by state

与此同时, a recent coronavirus projection from the University of Washington estimates 566,720 deaths by May 1 in the US.
The university’s Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) said the figure could be lowered by about 32,000 deaths with universal mask requirements.
Mask requirements are strongly urged by health officials to slow the spread of the coronavirus, and its implementation is expected to have a direct effect on future infections and deaths. State and local responses have varied widely. Some states continue to maintain no mask directives, allowing businesses to set their own rules.
Pharmacist Colleen Naughtin, 对, administers the Moderna vaccine in Portland.

在周五, Mississippi extended its mask-wearing mandate in all but nine counties until February 3.
It is important that we continue to take this virus seriously. We are working on getting Mississippians vaccinated, but continue to social distance, keep gatherings small and wear your mask,” 政府. Tate Reeves said.
北达科他州, 然而, said officials are seeing its Covid-19 numbers falling from an earlier outbreak and Governor Doug Burgum said the mask mandate will be allowed to expire on Monday, reiterating at a news briefingwe must remain vigilant.
North Dakota capacity limitations for bars, 饭店, and event venues will be modified from requirements to recommendations.