‘Stunned’ by ‘level of incompetence’ in US vaccine rollout: Public health expert

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Renowned public health expert Dr Ashish Okay Jha on Wednesday expressed frustration over the slower-than-promised pace of vaccinations in the United States. The US authorities has rolled out two Covid-19 vaccines, one developed by Pfizer-BioNTech and the opposite by Moderna, after approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), over two million folks have been vaccinated in opposition to the coronavirus illness (Covid-19) to date, nearly one-tenth of the 20 million vaccinations promised by federal officers by year-end. Dr Jha, the dean of Brown University’s School of Public Health, mentioned that the federal authorities made no actual effort to get the vaccination infrastructure and the states at the moment are scrambling to determine it out.

“They got the vaccines, but the infrastructure to get people vaccinated, they just decided that was not their responsibility,” Dr Jha advised CNN. “It strikes me as a level of incompetence I have to say I am stunned by,” he added.

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Meanwhile, President Donald Trump has been making an attempt to deflect the blame on the states for failing to attain the vaccination goal. Taking to Twitter, Trump mentioned that the federal authorities has distributed Covid-19 vaccines to the states and it’s as much as them to manage these vaccines.

“The Federal Government has distributed the vaccines to the states. Now it is up to the states to administer. Get moving!” he tweeted.

 

Later, Dr Jha mentioned that the US president’s tweet “perfectly captures” the pandemic technique of the federal authorities. He recounted the sooner cases of administration blaming the states for the pace of Covid-19 testing and the Personal protecting gear (PPE) availability points.

“They did they with testing, PPE, and now vaccines…Their theory of the case? Pandemic response has gone poorly because we have 50 failed governors…This is why we need change,” the general public health expert tweeted.

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