Vaccinations are ramping up in a `glimmer of hope’, Dr. Fauci says

Vaccinations are ramping up in a `glimmer of hope’
Houston Health Department LVN Alicia Meza prepares a dose of COVID-19 vaccine Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021. Source: AP
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Daily US Times: The US ramped up coronavirus vaccinations in the past few days after a slower-than-expected beginning, bringing the number of doses dispensed to about 4 million, according to data published by government health officials on Sunday.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, top infectious-disease expert in the US, also said on ABC’s “This Week” that Joe Biden’s pledge to administer 100 million shots of the vaccine within his first 100 days in office is achievable. The vaccinations are seen as a hope to end the pandemic.

And he rejected President Trump’s false claim on Twitter that Covid deaths and cases in the US have been greatly exaggerated.

Fauci said on NBC’s “Meet the Press”: “All you need to do … is go into the trenches, go into the hospitals, go into the intensive care units and see what is happening. Those are real numbers, real people and real deaths.”

The US coronavirus death toll has climbed past 350,000, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University, while more than 20 million people across the country have been infected.

Over the past few days, many states in the country have reported record numbers of cases and funeral homes in Southern California are being inundated with bodies.

Eric Garcetti, Los Angeles Mayor, said the coronavirus pandemic is getting worse in his city as the virus spreads rapidly within households and people let their guard down with news of a Covid-19 vaccine’s arrival.

“This is a virus that preys off of our weakness, preys off of our exhaustion,” Mr Garcetti said on CBS’ “Face the Nation.”

Experts believe that the real numbers of coronavirus infections and deaths in the US are much higher and that many cases were overlooked, in part because of insufficient testing.

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