Editor’s Note: The video above is Gov. DeWine discussing COVID-19 in Ohio.
(AP) – Nearly half of the coronavirus cases nationwide are in five states, a situation pushing the federal government to consider changing the way the vaccine is distributed by sending higher volumes to hot spots.
New York, Michigan, Florida, Pennsylvania and New Jersey together reported 44% of the nation’s new COVID-19 cases, or nearly 197,500 new, in the most recent seven days, according to the state health agency data gathered. By Johns Hopkins University. Total U.S. cases in the same week numbered more than 452,000.
Intense concentrations of new cases in the state, which make up 22% of the US population, have prompted experts and elected officials to urge President Joe Biden̵7;s administration to deliver additional vaccines to these locations. that So far, the White House has shown no signs of a shift from population-based, state-by-state vaccine policies.
Dr. Elvin H. Geng, professor of infectious diseases at the University of Washington, said it was reasonable to send additional quantities to sites with proliferation of infections. But it’s also complicated. States that can successfully control the virus may receive fewer vaccines.
“You wouldn’t want those people to wait because they did better,” Geng said. “On the other hand, it makes sense to get the vaccine to the point where there are more patients.”
The sharp increase in such cases was especially notable in Michigan, with an average of 6,719 new cases per day on Sunday, more than twice that of two weeks ago. Only New York reported higher case numbers. California and Texas, which have more than half of Michigan residents, report less than half of the daily infections.
Although Michigan had the highest rates of new infections in the past two weeks, Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said she was not planning to tighten the restrictions, she blamed the virus rising from transmission fatigue. Pandemic, which has made more people move, including more invasive species.
“Going back on it will solve the problem,” Whitmer said as she received her first vaccine on Tuesday at Fordfield in Detroit, home of the NFL’s Lions. ” All we have to do is step on the vaccine ”and demand that people wear masks, keep their distance in society and wash their hands thoroughly.
Whitmer got the shot the day after Michigan extended the rights to anyone aged 16 and over, she asked the White House last week during a conference call with the governor to consider delivering the vaccine. More to the state where the fight against the virus is increasing? She said all the options are on the table.
In New York City, vaccination appointments remain challenging to obtain. Mayor Bill de Blasio has spoken to the federal government about the need for a bigger vaccine allocation almost every day, he ignored when speaking to reporters on Tuesday.
“We still need supply, supply supply,” said De Blasio, before adding, “but things are really improving.”
At the state level, the Andrew Cuomo government has not publicly requested to increase vaccine allocation in New York, although cases have surfaced in recent weeks and the number of hospital admissions has hit a plateau.
In New Jersey, where an average of seven new infections per day has increased over the past two weeks from 4,050 per day to 4,250, Democratic Government Phil Murphy said he is in constant talks with the White House about. With the need for coronavirus vaccine Although he stopped briefly saying he was lobbying for more vaccines due to the state’s high infection rate.
Shipments of the vaccine to New Jersey rose 12 percent last week, Murphy said on Monday, although he asked if this was enough.
“We were watching all the time. Ok, we knew we were going up. But we will go up at the rate it should, especially considering the number of cases we have, ”Murphy said.
Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo The head of the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of California, San Francisco, said the new virus was one of the clear drivers. Failure to withhold increases in cases will result in more cases and deaths, she said, pushing for the increase in other parts of the country.
“Vaccines need to be in more places where the virus is,” said Bibbins-Domingo. It added that people deserve a “lack of thought” thinking that increasing vaccinations in one place will hurt people elsewhere.
Jason Salemi, an epidemiologist at the University of South Florida, said soothing protection during a turbulent spring could help spread the viral strain.The state’s seven-day average of 5,400 new infections per day increased. 20% over the past two weeks
While many of the new infections appear to be among the younger ones, Salemi said he is concerned about Florida’s seniors.About 78% of residents 65 and older are at least getting the vaccine. One time, but about 1 million people have not been vaccinated yet.
“We seem to have a supply,” Salemi said. “Are these people not planning to get vaccinated?”
Talks about sending extra images to certain states come at a time when the number of daily infections in the United States has dropped dramatically compared to the sharp increase in January after the holiday season. However, the average seven-day infection was slowly increasing since mid-March.
The five states that saw the most infections stood out as of Tuesday, 31 states in the United States reported a 7-day average, with fewer than 1,000 new cases per day.
Jeff Zients, the coordinator of the White House coronavirus, said Tuesday that more than 28 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine were delivered to states this week. The allocation would bring the total to more than 90 million doses of the United States distributed over the past three weeks.
The news comes as Biden announced that more than 150 million coronavirus vaccines have been shot since he took office and that all adults will be eligible for the vaccine by April 19.
Currently, about 40% of US adults have been exposed to COVID-19 at least once, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.About 23% of American adults are fully vaccinated, including more than half of older Americans. 65 years and over
Geng said the nation should step back and move slowly. Even just a few weeks of Americans clinging to their social aloofness and other precautions can make a huge difference.
“The message to come home here is don’t jump the gun,” Geng said. “There was a light at the end of the tunnel. We all saw it there. Then we will get there. Slow and steady. “