The government of the United States president, Joe Biden, announced yesterday the intensification of the national vaccination campaign against Covid-19 but asked not to lower its guard with the sanitary measures before a rebound in infections.
"Our work is far from finished. We are far from winning the war against Covid," the president said from the White House in televised statements.
We are in a death battle with the virus that is growing fast with the rise in cases, new exceptions, and, unhappily, some of the heedless action that we have seen on television in recent weeks will bring new infections," he added.
Meanwhile, the head of public health in the country -the most affected in the world by the pandemic- asked the population to "endure a little more" the sanitary measures to stop the coronavirus.
I have a sense of imminent doom when I see data that indicates a possible new wave of infections in the US," said the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Rochelle Walensky, in statements to the press.
According to a statement from the White House, Biden will announce an increase in the number of pharmacies enrolled in the federal vaccination program, from 17,000 to almost 40,000. By April 19, the production of a dozen more mass immunization centers.
The general goal is for 90 percent of adults to have a vaccination center within five miles of their home.
In the US, 143 million doses have been administered, and 16 percent of the population has been fully vaccinated, including nearly 50 percent of those over 65 years of age.
However, fears are growing that this rate is not fast enough to prevent the fourth wave of infections in the country unless a tightening of sanitary measures accompanies it.
"Wear masks! Biden stressed It is a patriotic duty from the pandemic, noting that nearly 1,000 Americans die every day.
Walensky said that while having "three historic and scientifically breakthrough vaccines" is a cause for hope, the population has not yet been vaccinated enough to prevent a fourth wave unless sanitary measures are in place.
Infection rates in the United States have been calm for weeks but are now surging again, with current patterns pointing that the normal seven-day outbreak is reaching new 60,000 cases.
This represents a 10 percent increase over the previous seven-day period, while hospitalizations have risen from 4,600 to 4,800 a day.
With more than 330 million inhabitants, the US registers more than 30 million cases and 549,000 deaths from Covid.
Vaccination in Miami
Florida began vaccinating people over 40 years old yesterday, a step before the inclusion of those over 18 next week, and at a time when cases of virus variants are increasing rapidly.
The expansion of the group of people who can be vaccinated since yesterday has gone hand in hand with the increase in the supply of doses in the four open centers in Florida in coordination with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and that to date they have vaccinated more than 300,000 people.
The Department of Health reported that four federal centers in Miami, Orlando, Jacksonville, and Tampa would use about 3,000 first doses of the Pfizer vaccine from today. They will also continue to operate until May 26, that is, one month later than initially planned.
According to official figures, Florida has consumed more than 8.4 million doses to date, of which 2.8 million are in accordance with Pfizer or other modern doses. In contrast, Johnson & Johnson's single-dose supplied approximately 210,000.
The reduction of the age criterion comes as new data from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC, in English) reveal a vertiginous increase in Florida of the variants of…of Covid.
Florida is not only the state with the highest number of identified cases of the British variant in the country, which brings together a total of 10,579 but has doubled the infections of the same compared to last week when it registered 1,042 cases.
According to the state Department of Health, Florida has a total of 2,044,005 Covid cases and 33,819 deaths from this disease to date.