About half of the new coronavirus cases in the United States are being registered in just five states, a situation that puts pressure on the federal government to reconsider the way it distributes vaccines and send more doses to the sources of infection.
New York, Michigan, Florida, Pennsylvania and New Jersey reported 44% of the nation’s new COVID-19 cases, or about 197,500 infections, in the latest available seven-day period, according to data from state agencies in the United States. health compiled by Johns Hopkins University. The total number of infections recorded in the United States in the same week was more than 452,000.
Increasing the number of vaccines where cases are on the rise makes sense, said Dr. Elvin H. Geng, a professor of infectious diseases at the University of Washington. But it is also complicated.
“They wouldn’t want to keep people waiting because they’re doing better,” Geng said. “On the other hand, it makes sense to send vaccines to places where cases are increasing.”
So far, the administration of President Joe Biden has shown no signs that it will change its policy of distributing vaccines among states based on population.
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The uptick in cases has been particularly significant in Michigan, where the seven-day average of new cases per day reached 6,719 on Sunday, more than double what it recorded two weeks earlier.
Even though Michigan has had the highest rate of new cases in the past two weeks, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has said she does not plan to tighten restrictions. He noted that the rebound was due to fatigue caused by the pandemic, which has caused people to move more, and more contagious variants of the virus.
Meanwhile, the number of daily infections in the United States has fallen dramatically since the January rebound after the Christmas season. However, the seven-day average of new cases has been slowly rising since mid-March.
White House coronavirus response coordinator Jeff Zients said Tuesday that states will receive more than 28 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine this week. With this, the United States will have distributed more than 90 million doses in the last three weeks.
On the other hand, Biden announced that 150 million vaccines have been administered since he took office, and that all adults will be able to be inoculated as of April 19.