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