In Tennessee, demand for the COVID-19 vaccine in North Carolina has slowed so much that they have returned millions of doses to the federal government, even though less than half of their population has been vaccinated.
Mississippi, the least vaccinated state in the country, is being inventoried by Maine, which has one of the highest immunization rates. Around the country, states are rushing to use doses before this summer expires.
The United States is facing an ever-increasing surplus of coronavirus vaccines, expiring: persistently backward demand at a time when the developing world is demanding doses to stop the growth of infections.
Millions of prizes, free beer, marijuana, raffled shotguns, and countless other gifts across the country could not significantly move the needle to the vaccine hesitation, raising the specter of new outbreaks.
Resources are becoming more and more frustrating every week. There are 800,000 doses on the shelves in Oklahoma, but only 4,500 doses are given daily և It has 27,000 Pfizer և Moderna doses that are expected to be completed by the end of the month
John Onson և Millions of doses of John Onson were due to be consumed across the country this month before the government extended them by six weeks, but some leaders admit that even then it will be difficult to use them.
“We really can not allow the doses to run out. “It would be a real outrage given the need to get vaccines in some communities in the United States that have not received the vaccine.
At the end of last week, the US average averaged about 870,000 new injections per day, down sharply from an average of 3.3 million per day in mid-April, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
President Biden wants to vaccinate at least 70% of the US adult population by July 4. But the United States may not be able to achieve that goal. As of Friday, the CDC estimates that 64% of Americans 18 over 18 had at least one dose.
Some states, especially in the Northeast, have already reached that 70% target for adults, while places like Mississippi and Alabama are nowhere near.
Amid generosity, the White House has said it plans to distribute 80 million doses worldwide by the end of June, buy 500 million more Pfizer vaccines and donate them to 92 low-income countries next year to the African Union.
In Maine և Rhode Island, as demand increased, the two states received 32,400 doses from Mississippi, with only 35% of people having the first dose. Mississippi has returned an additional 800,000 doses to the federal government. The state has seen demand fall to December levels, with only 14,000 doses being administered this week.
Among those who missed the vaccine was Benjamin Schlink of Pearl, Mississippi, who said he thought he was healthy enough to fight the disease.
“Whatever I look at, I do not worry about it, because God rules it,” he said. “If God wants you to have it, you will have it.”
Gail Charlie, 69, says some of his neighbors in the small town think he should shoot, but he’s not going to. “They are just forcing people to get them as fast as they can. We do not know what the long-term consequences will be,” he said.
Hundreds of millions of doses of the vaccine have been administered worldwide under strict safety monitoring, and several serious risks have been identified.
Part of the demand slowdown is a natural part of the proliferation process. In Massachusetts, 68% of people have the first dose, և mass immunization sites shut down when officials move to more inaccessible places, such as drug treatment centers.
Demand for the J&J vaccine, a one-time easy-to-keep formula that was very promising for its convenience, but whose spread was damaged by a rare blood-tissue disorder-contamination link at the Baltimore plant, is particularly low. ,
Bibins-Domingo said that in many parts of the world, desperately accepting doses, the United States has a moral obligation not to waste the J&J resolution, which is especially useful in remote areas, homeless and rural communities.
“At all costs, we need to make sure that these doses reach the people who can use them.” he said.
Demand for J&J vaccines in West Virginia has almost completely fallen. About 42% of the general population received at least one dose.
That’s despite the stakes, which ranged from cash to shotguns to pickup trucks. When Ohio began drawing up millions of dollars in prize money a few weeks ago, officials saw a 43% increase in vaccine numbers, but only in the first week.
In North Carolina, $ 25 cash cards have helped bring people to vaccine clinics, but for the second week in a row, the state has not ordered new doses from the government.
Instead, the state returned 1.2 million doses. In Tennessee, 2.4 million were returned to the federal pool. This is a disappointing development for William Schaffner, Professor of Preventive Medicine at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville.
“If the governor does not make an enthusiastic request and ours does not, then I turn to all kinds of local leaders,” he said.
In Colorado, where more than 175,000 people have returned to the federal pool, there is a $ 1 million lottery և During a month of pride, people at the clinic draw tangles. The nation’s biggest lottery prize in New Mexico, $ 5 million, halted the decline in vaccines, possibly even slightly improving, officials said. The state of Washington allowed marijuana stores to offer free joints this week.
Although incentive programs have boosted vaccination rates, they are still a valuable tool for states going through the difficult “last mile” of the marathon, said Dr. Nirav Shah, president of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Association of State և Territorial Health Officers.
Nearly a quarter of people who responded to North Carolina cash prizes said it might be their decision to shoot that day.
“If states are able to prevent transmission circuits that could otherwise get people to the ICU on air conditioning, deprivation of a week’s work, keeping their families away from school, if we can avoid those few cases, those programs will be worth it.” said Shah.
Several states are not ordering new vaccines from the government, including Alabama, Delaware, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Utah and Oklahoma. Other states, such as Iowa and Nyada, are still ordering new doses, but in sharply reduced quantities.
Still, Shah said the nation’s vaccines were spreading much faster than he had expected, and he welcomed efforts to expand the spread to heavily oppressed areas like Africa.
“One of the things the epidemic has described is that we are not safe as a state, as a country, as a planet, as long as it is not safe everywhere,” he said. “We must do our part to vaccinate everyone in the world.”
Writers from the Associated Press contributed to this report.