A new variant of the COVID-19 virus has been surging in California. Reports emerged that the virus is a more contagious one with the U.S East Coast being a hotspot. But in some areas, the new variant has slowed down the spread. The vaccine production has been ramping up and the White House has assured that every state will be getting more vaccine doses than expected.
Snowstorm Delays Are Over- Vaccine Manufacturers To Deliver More Vaccines Soon.
The rise in supply would stay between 1 million doses to 14.5 million doses. This information was shared with governors of every state where the president’s coronavirus response coordinator clarifying it in a call. State officials have been asking for more vaccine doses to help millions of Americans who are eligible for the vaccine dose. Health practitioners will be able to increase the number of doses they administer to those who need it.
Before the states were hit by a snowstorm, the vaccine administered was on a rise, with Pfizer and Moderna being efficient in expanding their vaccine production. The average number of daily doses had a steady increase in administering the vaccine to the eligible group of people. This acceleration was expected before Biden took over the presidential throne. Officials have been anxious that the administration under Joe Biden has been battling the pandemic with an increased vaccine supply.
Reports show that the doses administered in the country were 1.4 million each day when comparing to the 1.7 million doses, administered before the storm.
Whatever vaccinations were stalled due to the storm would restart again this week. Mayor Eric Garcetti said that the appointments postponed due to the storm will begin this week at all the city-run vaccination sites. Those with delayed inoculations will be prioritized for a new appointment. The vaccine supplier officials of Pfizer and Moderna reiterated their commitment from the beginning, with a promise made to deliver the 400 million vaccine doses before May ends, and an additional 200 million more vaccines by the end of July.
Pfizer’s Chief Business Officer John Young said that the company will be able to ship 13 million doses of the vaccine every week by mid of March. Unlike the 4-5 million weekly vaccines delivered during the first week of this month, things will be faster again by solving the flaws involved with the approval of federal regulatory to count each vial, improving the production processes, and a rapid lab test of vaccines before shipment done.
Stephen Hoge, Moderna President shared that they will double the weekly shipments to 10 million.
Johnson & Johnson have been ready to supply more doses, once they get approval from the federal officials. The authorization of the vaccine is yet to be granted and is expected to get permission for emergency use by next week. The company vice president said that the firm will be able to deliver 20 million doses of the vaccine by the end of next month. All they are waiting for is approval from the Food and Drug Administration, where the vaccine from Johnson & Johnson requires only a single dose.
With current vaccine suppliers Pfizer and Moderna, Johnson & Johnson could add their supply along and this could help more residents get vaccinated. At least 130 million doses are to be expected to be delivered altogether, and this could cover 40% of the population of the country. All the eligible people would get their vaccinations done in time, solving the spread of the new strains of the virus.