Public health experts Thursday blamed Covid vaccine shortages around the U.S. in part on the Trump administration’s push to get states to vastly expand their vaccination drives to reach the nation’s estimated 54 million people aged 65 and above.
The push that began over a week ago has not been accompanied by enough doses to meet demand, according to state and local officials, leading to frustration and confusion and limiting states’ ability to attack the outbreak that has killed over 400,000 Americans.
Over the past few days, authorities in California, Ohio, West Virginia, Florida and Hawaii warned that their supplies were running out. New York City began cancelling or postponing shots or stopped making new appointments because of the shortages, which President Joe Biden has vowed to turn around.
Florida’s top health official said the state would deal with the scarcity by restricting vaccines to state residents, the AP report says.
In Brazil, the death toll from Covid-19 stood at 214,147 with 8,697,368 cases, as of Friday morning.
India’s total caseload reached 10,610,883, while the death toll surpassed 152,869, JHU data showed.
South Korea is reporting its smallest daily increase in coronavirus infections in two months as officials express cautious hope that the country is beginning to wiggle out from its worst wave of the pandemic, reports AP.
The 346 new cases reported Friday brought the national caseload to 74,262. There have been 1,328 deaths related to Covid-19.
Situation in Bangladesh
Bangladesh’s Covid-19 fatalities rose to 7,966 on Thursday after the health authorities confirmed 16 more coronavirus-related deaths in 24 hours until morning.