With a worrying increase of Covid-19 cases and hospitalizations, more Americans have decided to be vaccinated in the previous six weeks than ever before. According to new data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more over 1 million doses of the vaccine were provided on Thursday, marking the first single-day change in reported doses since early July.
The average rate of vaccine initiation is now more than 70% greater than it was a month ago. In contacts with local news outlets, White House Covid-19 Response Team Chief of Staff Asma Mirza claimed that Oklahoma and Louisiana, two states that had trailed behind the rest of the country in vaccines, are now outperforming the national average.
Dr. Robert Jansen, chief medical officer of Grady Health System, one of Atlanta’s busiest trauma hospitals, said the emergency department was experiencing a “tsunami” of patients. The situation is similarly grave in Texas, where Governor Greg Abbott declared that the state will send more medical workers to hospitals around the state. The head of the University of Texas Covid-19 Modeling Consortium, Lauren Meyers, has warned that local hospitals are nearing capacity.