Dr. Anthony Fauci said Sunday that the COVID-19 vaccination program should be back on track by mid-week due to delays in US shipments following winter storms.
The director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases said that about 6 million doses of the vaccine have been affected by weather-related shipment problems.
“We’ve run out of 2 million, and we say that by the middle of the week, we may have caught on,” Fauci Told “Meet the Press” on NBC anchor Chuck Todd.
“So it’s unfortunate that it was a setback, but it’s a temporary setback, and when you just know, put your foot on the accelerator and really push, we’ll get it right where we need to go Need week. “
Fauci said that the country currently administers about 1.5 million doses daily, but he is optimistic that the number will surpass 2 million by the end of April.
“I would like this to happen and then something, obviously just because you set a goal for what it is, you. Want to achieve that goal and get as much as you can, “Fauci called CNN anchor Dana Bash” on the state of the union “.
“I believe what you’re going to start seeing, you’re going to see a lot more vaccines going into people’s hands in a much more comprehensive way.”
But despite encouraging signs with the vaccination program, Fauci said he would not deny Americans wearing masks in 2022.
“It depends on the level of mobility of the virus that is in the community and it’s really important because … if you see the level really coming down a lot, I want it to go down to the baseline level , Which is virtually no threat – it will never be zero – but there is a minimal, minimal risk that you will come in contact with someone infected, ”said Fausi.