Washington, Jan 5 (EFE) .- In the United States, just over 17 million doses of the vaccines against the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus have been distributed and only 4.8 million people have received the first dose, they reported this Tuesday the governmental Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
When nearly 21 million cases have already been confirmed in the country since the start of a pandemic that has caused 355,300 deaths, medical and public health experts note that while Moderna and Pfizer vaccines are not in short supply, distribution is inadequate and slow.
The administration of President Donald Trump, which stimulated the development of vaccines against the coronavirus with substantial investments, had promised that some 20 million people would receive the immunization before the end of 2020.
But just as policy coordination between the federal and state governments failed at the start of the pandemic, the absence of a national leadership and inadequate communications are now affecting the distribution of vaccines.
The CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices has identified healthcare personnel and people in nursing homes and nursing homes as priority groups for receiving the vaccine, followed by essential workers in other areas and people over 75 years of age. .
The CDC indicates that 3.2 million doses have already been distributed in these institutions and that 429,000 residents have been vaccinated.
The initial vaccination rate is uneven depending on the territory, standing at more than 2,000 people per 100,000 inhabitants in Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, New Mexico, Alaska, Tennessee, West Virginia Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine .
By contrast, the initial vaccination rate is between 500 and 1,000 people per 100,000 in Arizona, Michigan, Kansas, Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia.
The absence of national guidelines results, for example, in Texas prioritizing healthcare personnel, then people over 65 and anyone over 16 affected by a chronic condition, while Arkansas prioritizes workers essential ahead of those over 65.
Following the release of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, several Florida counties received complaints from the public that phone lines to make appointments were not working, or vaccination sites had closed early because their vaccine inventory ran out.
On Monday, at a press conference, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said that the vaccine distribution process had had “logistical problems” in terms of scheduling appointments and the availability of vaccines.
Last week, the Palm Beach County phone line for appointments was overwhelmed with calls from medical personnel and seniors eager to get their vaccination.