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Globe Live Media, Monday, January 25, 2021
The president of the United States, Joe Biden, has been “optimistic” this Monday during his last press conference, in which he has assured that he trusts that 150 million daily doses can be supplied and thus achieve “herd immunity” in summer.
“It will be a logistical challenge that will overcome everything we have tried in this country, but I think we can achieve it,” stressed Biden, who is confident that 150 million doses can be delivered daily starting in the next three weeks.
If this is achieved, he said, the United States will be “on the way to achieving herd immunity by summer”, although she has asked for an agreement in Congress so that some 400,000 million dollars (330,000 million euros) can be allocated to the hiring of new personnel, the purchase of supplies and the establishment of new spaces in which to vaccinate.
Although Biden has acknowledged on this occasion that there is still “a very long time” ahead to end the virus, these new estimates are more optimistic than those released on the eve of reaching the White House, when the goal of one million dollars was proposed. daily doses during his first 100 days as president.
The health authorities that work for the new White House government estimate that more than 70 percent of the people will have to receive the vaccine in the United States to achieve the highly anxious herd immunity to which Biden has referred.
However, and since the two vaccines approved in the United States, Pfizer and Moderna, require two doses to achieve immunity, those 150 million injections that Biden speaks of would protect 75 million people, that is, 23 percent. approximately one hundred of the population.
THE WHITE HOUSE RETURNS MEETINGS WITH THE EXPERTS
On the other hand, White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki announced on Monday that the Biden Administration and its health officials will resume meetings with medical experts working in the response to the pandemic crisis.
This decision contrasts with the management of the previous administration, in which Trump remained disconnected during his last months at the head of the White House from these types of meetings, even being reluctant to bring medical experts to speak about the situation of the pandemic.
“You will be regularly informed about COVID-19 and the progress we are making,” Psaki said of Biden. “I suspect much more regularly than the previous president was reported.”
Although, he clarifies, he does not expect Biden to attend all the work group meetings, but “he expects and will request periodic briefings with the team.”
So far, the United States exceeds 25,258,000 million cases of coronavirus since the beginning of the pandemic and accumulates 429,747 fatalities, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
This Monday, in addition, the Minnesota Department of Health has registered the first case of the new Brazilian strain of coronavirus in the United States.