Coronavirus US News for January 17, 2021
The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director Anthony Fauci appeared on NBC News' Meet the Press show, where he said it would be a week, maybe a few weeks before vaccine manufacturers Johnson & Johnson and AstraZeneca would be able to submit their data for an application for approval of their SARS-CoV-2 vaccines.
There had been misunderstandings about the vaccine delivery. The vaccine doses for the necessary refreshment were originally withheld because irregularities in the vaccine replenishment were feared. The supplies are now secured and regular. Furthermore, Fauci commented on more contagious virus variants. Research is being carried out on these. What is clear is that such variants would mean more infections, more infections mean more hospitalizations, which means more deaths. It is important to reinforce previous containment efforts such as mask wear, hygiene, and social distancing. It is also important to put a stop to vaccination skepticism in order to contain these variants.
Ron Klain, the incoming White House chief of staff appeared on State of the Union on CNN saying that he expected an additional 100,000 Americans to die in the first five weeks of Joe Biden's presidency. The Trump administration left a mess. It'll get worse before it gets better, even with the vaccines available. Klain stated that Biden's goal of delivering 100 million vaccine doses in the first hundred days of his tenure was feasible and was on the way.
Rochelle Walensky, Biden's candidate to head the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said on Face the Nation on CBS that enough vaccines are available to meet the goal of 100 million vaccinations. Walensky also forecast 500,000 corona deaths by mid-February 2021. In the same CBS broadcast, the former head of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Scott Gottlieb, expressed himself optimistically about this goal of 100 million vaccinations. Biden's plans would make sense, he thought.