Dr. Fauci Just Said When "Things Will Get Better"
The coronavirus vaccine rollout has been, by any measure, disappointing, because "the demand clearly outstrips the supply right now," according to Dr. Anthony Fauci, the chief medical advisor to the President and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, on Meet the Press. "It's a supply demand issue." "When, when should we come back to you and say, Hey, you know, when are we going to get this fixed?" asked host Chuck Todd. Read on for what Fauci said—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus.
Dr. Fauci Says Things Should Get Better "As We Get From February Into March Into April"
"I can't give you a date," Fauci said when asked about when the vaccine distribution will be "fixed." "All we, you could always come back to me and put my feet to the fire. I'm not afraid of that, but I can tell you that things are going to get better as we get from February into March into April, because the number of vaccine doses that will be available will increase substantially." He said the new Johnson & Johnson vaccine "will be coming online pretty soon, I believe."
Until then, the reason for the delays, well—"in some respects, Chuck, with all due respect and fairness, it's a bit inevitable," said Fauci. "I guess we could've contracted a little bit more aggressively with the companies to get more doses, but right now this is what we have. These are the contractual arrangements they're coming off the line as quickly as we can. And not only will there be more Moderna and Pfizer doses as we get through March and April, but then we're going to be getting Johnson & Johnson online. You heard last week about the favorable results and that's a single dose vaccine. So things will continue to get better."
Dr. Fauci Said Finding a Shot Should Be Getting Easier
Todd mentioned his mom wants her vaccine at Publix but can't get one there; the line is too long. Fauci said that will change soon. "First of all, the president's plan, the strategic plan calls for…vaccine centers, number one, getting vaccines to the pharmacies, number two, getting mobile units to get out into the community, to get it to people who…have trouble negotiating a computer or getting things online. That's really very important. And the other thing that's important is that we now have an equity equity task force that is looking specifically at…people who, because of a variety of reasons, economic status, where they live, who they are, which have difficulty getting accessibility to vaccines. We are aware of that. And that's the reason why the task force is working hard to eliminate that inequity."
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