U.S. states are turning away COVID-19 vaccine doses as demand plunges

U.S. states are turning away COVID-19 vaccine doses as demand plunges

by Nandita Bhardwaj

Dwindling demand for coronavirus vaccines across the U.S. is reportedly causing states across the U.S. to refuse their complete allocations of vaccine doses from the federal government, regardless of concerned efforts to increase national take-up rates.

The decreased demand, which is contributing to a surging stockpiling of doses, comes as roughly 46% of the U.S. citizens have received at least one dose of the vaccine and nearly 34% are fully vaccinated, as per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Last week, Joe Biden outlined a plan to get nearly one dose of COVID-19 vaccine administered to about 70% of the country’s adult population by July fourth, a date that is also put forward for a complete-economic as well as social interaction re-opening of the USA.

However, on Saturday, it was stated that the vaccination rate of the nation fell to 2 million shots a day, a decline of nearly 20% from the week before.

Inoculation rates are still very short of the 70% to 85% of the overall population that should be vaccinated in order to control the spread of coronavirus.

Reports that various states are calling on the Biden administration to send them only a portion of their allocations is a clear sign of continuous vaccine indecision in the U.S.

Meanwhile, the fall in orders also comes as the Biden administration announced that if states do not order all the COVID-19 vaccines they have been assigned, then surpluses would be sent to other states with greater demand.

The oversupply of vaccines in the United States comes as various countries across the globe are suffering from an exacerbating spike in coronavirus infections, India being the most notable. Countries with very little access to COVID-19 vaccine supplies are now requesting the Biden administration to release the surplus supplies of COVID-19 vaccine as aid.

Simultaneously, disease experts across the U.S. are anticipating a possible spike in COVID-19 infections next winter, and claiming that the likelihood is high that seasonal vaccine boosters would be necessary.

Source credit: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/may/08/us-coronavirus-vaccine-demand-states-turning-down-doses


Nandita Bhardwaj

Having a marketing management post graduate degree under her belt, Nandita spent considerable time working in the field of recruitment. However, her real interest lay in playing with words and soon enough, she commenced her career in the field of content creation. Currently, she authors insightfu Read more...