Biden administration will start sending COVID-19 vaccines directly to retail pharmacies next week to expedite shots. White House's COVID-19 response coordinator Jeff Zients said the program will start with about 1 million doses sent to 6,500 pharmacies starting next week. The number of pharmacies could ultimately reach 40,000. Speeding up the rate of vaccinations across the nation could help curb the spread of newer, highly infectious forms of COVID-19, Dr. Anthony Fauci says. Ref. USAToday.
COVID-19 cases have declined sharply. Experts say these factors will determine how the pandemic unfolds. A grim new forecast confirms what experts have been warning amid declining COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations: when it comes to the pandemic, the United States is not yet out of the woods. Another 130,000 Americans are projected to die of the virus over the next three and a half months, according to the latest model Source 7h.
US reaches another heartbreaking COVID-19 marker: 500,000 deaths, more than double any other country. Nearly a year after the coronavirus was declared a worldwide pandemic, Americans have largely grown numb to the mounting death toll. Health care workers, though, can’t simply get on with life. “Don’t clap, don’t give me baked goods. I don’t need any of that,” said Eric Cioe-Peña, an ER physician in New York. “I need you to wear a mask and not get COVID.” Ref. USAToday.
Hospitals report the worst of the pandemic's third wave is over. Detailed data released this week by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services illustrates just how much the nation's hospitals have recovered from the COVID-19 pandemic's third wave. Although more than 1,500 Americans are dying from COVID-19 every day, the share of COVID-19 patients comprise a smaller and smaller share of hospital admissions around the country, most drastically in the West and South. Ref. USAToday.
COVID-19 transmission rare in schools with masking, distancing, contact tracing, study finds. Wearing masks, social distancing and frequent hand-washing have kept in-school COVID-19 transmission low, according to results of a pilot study in Missouri aimed at identifying ways to keep elementary and secondary schools open and safe during the pandemic. Source 4a.
US will see 27 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine this week, White House says. A total of 27 million COVID-19 vaccine doses will be distributed across the United States this week, the White House said Wednesday. So far about a third of US adults -- around 84 million -- have received at least one vaccination dose. "We will have 27 million doses allocated across all distribution channels this week. Source 8q.