North Dakota has emerged as America’s unlikely leader in the fight against COVID-19. It leads the nation in vaccine adoption and is fighting back against the nation’s worst coronavirus hotspot, with active cases down 80 percent since mid-November.
As of Monday morning, just over 14 million Americans had been vaccinated against COVID-19, and only about 54 percent of vaccine doses distributed to states were given to humans, according to Bloomberg.
But while some states like California are fidgeting and using only a meager 37 percent of the doses distributed to them, North Dakota flies through the doses sent to them by the federal government, uses 78 percent of the doses assigned, and inoculates just under seven percent of the doses of its vaccine doses.
State officials recognize that North Dakota’s small population is beneficial. But it also gave health care workers a head start on training before the vaccine doses arrived, and a flexible schedule was put in place to give priority access to those aged 65 and over, those with two or more underlying conditions, and childcare and school workers.
California and New York may be known for their world-class hospitals and medical schools, but they are struggling to get people vaccinated in the COVID-19 crisis.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has blamed the federal government for vaccinating only 5.14 percent of its population as of Monday and asked for federal permission to order cans direct from Pfizer.
But the Empire State used just over half (53 percent) of what the Trump administration delivered to it, and its strict people-prioritization plan saw at least four precious doses of vaccine being poured out earlier this month .
California is even further behind, vaccinating just 3.3 percent of its population with the massive allotment of 3.5 million doses sent to it by the federal government.
Only about 3% of Americans have received their first doses of coronavirus vaccines, with the highest vaccination rates in West Virginia and the Dakotas and the lowest vaccination rates in Alabama and Arizona
More than half of all coronavirus vaccine doses distributed to U.S. states are on store shelves, with the highest rates of unused shots in California and Texas – despite the former being one of the worst hotspots for COVID-19 in the world Country is
A federal and state game he said, she said, is going on across much of the nation and doing little to hasten the sluggish rollout.
Officials from Houston, Texas say they are receiving sporadic deliveries of small numbers of vaccine doses.
“Right now, if you have a day (cans) and then go out, it just creates a lot of chaos,” said Dr. Galveston County’s health director Philip Keizer on Monday, according to Houston Public Media.
According to Bloomberg, the federal government has sent around 31.1 million doses of coronavirus vaccines to the US states.
While West Virginia races to the top of the group, vaccinating nearly nine percent of its population in just one month, California and Alabama rank worst, hugging just 3.3 percent and 2.7 percent of their residents, respectively.
Mass vaccination sites have opened in larger states such as New York, California, and Florida, but the rate of shot delivery remains low.
Some of the states that have been the loudest to blame the federal government for introducing the vaccine are among the slowest to use the doses sent to them.
California vaccinated just 3.3 percent of its population and used just over a third of its allotted doses, despite Disneyland and Dodger Stadium becoming mass vaccination sites.
New York is doing a little better when it has used 53 percent of its doses and vaccinated about 5.4 percent of its population.
Southern and Sun Belt States are fighting. Alabama and Arizona each vaccinated only 2.7 percent of their populations.
This is particularly worrying for Arizona, which has had more coronavirus infections per capita than anywhere else in the world.
The surprise leaders in the race remain West Virginia and the Dakotas.
West Virginia was the only state in the union that has turned down the federal government’s partnership with CVS and WalGreens to help vaccinate its nursing home residents.
And now 8.6 percent of the population is vaccinated – more than any other state.
North and South Dakota have vaccinated nearly seven and 6.45 percent of their respective populations.
A senior federal official told DailyMail.com that the US will achieve its goal of distributing 50 million doses to states this week.
But at this rate, it could be weeks for all of these doses to get into Americans’ arms.
States have given less than half the cans the federal government has shipped – 46 percent – but some say they are running out of cans.
Last week it was reported that there was no federal supply of second doses to increase supplies to states – after HHS Secretary Alex Azar promised to release the reserve – causing panic.
Federal officials say the number of doses made available to states each week has increased, but the notion that the government ever had a stash was wrong.
In fact, a senior administrative official told DailyMail.com that some states don’t complete all orders for new cans every week, leaving them understaffed.
However, states, including Texas, say they are on track to run out of vaccine doses by next week if they continue to give as many as possible.
Los Angeles is among the worst coronavirus trouble spots in the U.S., and health workers are trying to vaccinate those at risk – including residents of Pasadena nursing homes (pic, file), but the state has only used 27.5% of its allotted doses
A federal and state game has plagued the U.S. coronavirus vaccine rollout since it began over a month ago, “she said,” and little seems to have changed.
The emergence of more infectious coronavirus variants, including the “super-Covid” variants in the UK, should be a “clear call” to Americans to get vaccinated, said Dr. Anthony Fauci during a Sunday Meet the Press appearance.
But the recording was slow.
Experts say another factor is holding up the rollout: “We’re not selling the vaccine,” said Dr. Aaron Richterman, an infectious disease specialist at the University of Pennsylvania, told the New York Times.
He’s not the only one who thinks attempts to temper expectations and prevent Americans from tearing off their masks once they get their first doses of COVID-19 vaccines could be misguided.
“It drives me a little crazy,” said Dr. Ashish Jha of the Times’ Brown School of Public.
Vaccines made by both Moderna and Pfizer prevent COVID-19 more than 94 percent, and that should be the focus of public messaging, experts say.
That is not to say that questions still being explored – such as that the gunshots prevent infection or transmission altogether – should remain hidden, and that warnings of possible side effects should not be clear.
Dr. Jha and Dr. Richterman fear, however, that the emphasis on the unknown will fuel hesitation and slow down the uptake of gunfire.
A California epidemiologist on Sunday called on Moderna to block 330,000 cans from a batch that had already been distributed after “fewer than 10” people had potentially severe allergic reactions to the shots within 24 hours.
Moderna, the FDA, and the CDC are all investigating the incidents but said in a statement to Fox News that vaccinations are never without risks.
The reactions all occurred within the observation period while the recipients were still at the San Diego vaccination site.
Health care workers and nursing home residents were put first for coronavirus vaccines.
But in the first few weeks of the rollout, a staggering number of health care workers turned down the shots.
A veteran nursing home in Illinois said about 90 percent of senior residents said “yes” to the shot, but about 80 percent of staff said “no”.
Nurses in Texas and California – two of the country’s worst hotspots for COVID-19 – said they and about half of their colleagues wanted to decline or delay the vaccination.
In New York, four doses of vaccine had to be thrown away because willing recipients who work in health care could not be found in time to use the shots before the expiry.
Suspected that the problem was opposition from healthcare workers and rigid government plans as to who could be vaccinated and when, federal officials pushed for vaccination to be opened to those aged 65 and over.