President Joe Biden is very keen on eradicating coronavirus in just two weeks after being inaugurated as 46th President of the United States of America.
The official report is that his administration will be shipping nearly 1 million COVID-19 vaccine doses to about 6,500 pharmacies around the country. This move is meant to control the new and potentially more severe coronavirus virus strain expected with the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic.
On Tuesday, Jeff Zients, the coronavirus coordinator, released a statement saying how they expect to ship one million doses of vaccine to some 6,500 pharmacies.
However, we anticipate that with time we will see more doses of vaccine set out to a large number of pharmacies across the nation. All this possible if vaccines’ manufacturing industries can increase production, and it should be done promptly.
During a White House virtual briefing, Zients was heard saying how such a move is a key component in President Biden’s COVID-19 strategy by offering vaccination in Pharmacies around the country.
Zients added that most pharmacies provide flu shots and shingles vaccines, and therefore, it’s the best industry if they want to vaccinate millions of people monthly. Also, working with pharmacies will provide more physical spots where Americans can get vaccinated in their communities.
Last November, the Trump administration had talked about such a partnership with pharmacies, but there were no viable coronavirus vaccines already approved.
Meanwhile, the government is still shipping doses of vaccines to major metropolitan areas, territories, and states. The amount sent now out there is close to 10.5 million doses. And the pharmacy program will be conducted by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), and it will pass through different outlets across the country. Some of these outlets include Walmart, Rite Aid and Costco, Walgreens, CVS, and supermarket pharmacies.
Biden administration is working perfectly, just like the President had promised during his bid. However, the country needs enough funds to take the necessary action to respond to the coronavirus pandemic.
For instance, the federal government will send out about $3-5 billion to help the states cover certain costs during the vaccination program. The amount will also be used to purchase protective gear for health care workers, setting up community food programs, and deploying the National Guards.
According to Zients, Washington needs to approve more funds to provide the much-needed financial help for the states to provide vaccines to all Americans no matter how remote they are located. He also stated that the next phase of the pharmacy program would target about 40.000 pharmacies, and this is possible with a high increase of COVID-19 vaccine production by the relevant companies.
The only two company which have been given the mandate to produce doses of vaccines are Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech. Another company by the name, Johnson & Johnson, whose vaccine is yet to be approved by the (FDA) Food and Drug Administration.
It’s not only the USA that’s is racing to vaccinate as many people as possible, but the world at large is doing that as it tries to avoid at all costs the second wave or a new variant of the coronavirus.
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