America rolls out vaccine doses

Brooke Burkey, Reporter

As we near one month since the United States’ COVID-19 vaccine distribution began, 8.07 million doses have been given out, according to Bloomberg. The U.S. had an initial goal of distributing 20 million doses by the end of the year, which was not met.

Pfizer’s and Moderna’s vaccines are currently approved and in use in America, and sixty-two others are currently in human trials worldwide. The U.S. is still in the first phase of distributing both vaccines, meaning that healthcare personnel and long-term care facility residents are the main recipients of the doses.

CNN reported earlier today that President-elect Joe Biden received his second dose of the Pfizer vaccine today, while Vice President Mike Pence and Vice President- elect Kamala Harris have still only received their first doses and President Trump has not gotten any doses. The President won’t get vaccinated until the White House medical team recommends so, since he was given a monoclonal antibody cocktail last fall when he contracted the virus.

Dr. Fauci predicts that Americans may be able to return back to “normal” (no masks, social distancing, etc.) by fall, 2021 if 70% of the population is vaccinated. It’s unclear whether that is realistic, since the U.S. is already behind where they thought they’d be in terms of the speed of vaccine distribution, but it seems like we can be cautiously optimistic.