California remains the most affected American state by the COVID-19 pandemic, as it reported over 3.3 million cases of infections and more than 43,000 deaths. Even so, Los Angeles Times reveals that Los Angeles County, one of the original 27 counties of California, is struggling with shortages of vaccine doses for COVID-19.
The chance to get vaccinated with the first dose will be at a premium in Los Angeles County starting next week, which means that those willing to start their vaccinations will have few opportunities.
Dr. Paul Simon, who’s a chief science officer at the LA County Department of Public Health, declared:
We’re just struggling with the supply, the limited supply, and feeling an obligation to make sure that people that had a first dose are able to get their second dose.
He also added:
But we know, just based on the numbers, next week at least in our sites, beyond Monday, we really have to stick with the second doses. When we get to the following week, it may be a slightly different story if we are able to get a larger supply of a vaccine. But we’ll have to wait and see.
As for the nationwide situation, the US is not doing too bad when it comes to its vaccination rollout. CNN writes that the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) announced that the US has administered over 29.5 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines. The imposing number also represents about 59% of the total of 49,932,850 vaccine doses that were distributed.
The entire US surpassed 27.4 million cases of COVID-19 infections and 471,000 deaths caused by the disease, according to data from worldometers.info. So far, over 17.1 million patients who suffered from the coronavirus were recovered. From the total of closed COVID-19 cases, the huge number of deaths represents only 3%.