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Bring in the military! 1,000 troops will be deployed across the US to help states roll out COVID-19 shots - starting with California - and NFL tells Biden all 30 stadiums are ready to be converted to mass vaccination sites

 The Pentagon will deploy more than 1,000 troops to assist getting Americans vaccinated against COVID-19, the White House said Friday. 

Coronavirus senior adviser Andy Slavitt announced that Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has approved a request for assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. 

Only 8.7 percent of the US population has gotten one or more dose so far and the US is giving an average of 1.7 million shots a day, according got Bloomberg data. ] 


Slavitt said the troops will be deployed across the country, but only specified one state where they will be sent: California. 

The hard-hit state is seeing an average of 18,000 new infections a day - although they are declining - but just 1.6 percent of the population has been fully vaccinated with two doses of the shot. It ranks 27th in the nation for the pace of its rollout. 

Two are opening there, and Slavitt said military personnel will arrive at those centers in the next 10 days, and start vaccinating by February 13. 

President Joe Biden has called for setting up 100 mass vaccination centers around the country within a month, and his plan could soon get another assist, from the National Football League (NFL). 

In Friday letter, the league told President Biden all 30 of its stadiums are ready to be converted into mass vaccination sites - as soon as Super Bowl Sunday is over. 

The White House also announced that the Defense Production Act is being invoked to ramp up the production of Pfizer's vaccine. Officials did not specify by how much its assistance would raise the company's manufacturing capacity.  

The Pentagon will deploy 1,000 troops to speed the US vaccination effort which is getting just 1.7 million 'shots in arms' a day

The Pentagon will deploy 1,000 troops to speed the US vaccination effort which is getting just 1.7 million 'shots in arms' a day

The first 1,000 troops will be sent to California, but the White House said they will be deployed across the country within a month

The first 1,000 troops will be sent to California, but the White House said they will be deployed across the country within a month 

President Joe Biden wants to open 100 mass vaccination sites across the US, and his administration is starting with deploying military personnel to states

President Joe Biden wants to open 100 mass vaccination sites across the US, and his administration is starting with deploying military personnel to states  


The Pentagon has scheduled a news briefing later Friday to provide more information about the military role.


Slavitt said support from the military will play a critical role in supporting vaccination sites, helping administer thousands of shots a day.

Currently about 6.9 million Americans have received the full two-dose regimen required to get maximum protection from the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines. 

That translates to about two percent of the US population.

To reach widespread or 'herd' immunity - about 70 percent to 85 percent of Americans must be vaccinated. 

The US is in a race with the virus, which is also spawning mutations that may prove resistant to vaccines.

There are now at laest 628 cases of the UK's more infectious B117 variant in the US. At least five cases of the South African variant and two cases of the Brazilian variant that may dull vaccine effectiveness. 

The US also has at least four homegrown variants.

Vaccination is critical not only to stop these from spreading and becoming dominant in the US, but to keep more variants  from arising because more cases mean more opportunities for the virus to mutate as it copies itself inside human bodies. 

Rollout got off to a painfully slow start on December 14, amid widespread confusion over when shots would arrive, whether to hold back second doses and who was eligible to get vaccinated. 

President Biden set a goal of  100 million shots given during his first 100 days in office, then raised it to around 1.5 million shots given a day - but walked back that aim. 

His administration is taking a multi-pronged approach to speeding up the rollout.  

In addition to deploying the military and FEMA, doses will now be sent directly to pharmacies, with one million expected arrive this week and a goal of 100 million a month. 

Starting on February 11, the Biden administration will start shipping vials directly to major outlets such as CVS Health. Walgreens Co, Walmart Inc, Rite Aid Co and Costco Wholesale, as well as supermarket pharmacies. 

Some 6,500 retail pharmacies around the country will receive a total of one million doses, with plans to eventually reach 40,000 pharmacy locations nationwide  

Drug stores have become a mainstay for flu shots and shingles vaccines, and the industry is capable of vaccinating tens of millions of people monthly. 

But some public health experts say that pharmacies, especially large chains, have the capacity to administer as many 3.3 million shots per day as soon as the supply becomes available, according to CNN.

'Based on conservative assumptions, pharmacies have the capacity to meet the demand for 100 million vaccine doses in one month when that level of the vaccine supply is available,' Steven Anderson, president and CEO of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores, told reporters on a phone call last month.

The first phase involves vaccines being sent to pharmacies and states selected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  

This is based on 'their ability to reach some of the populations most at risk for severe illness from Covid-19, including socially vulnerable communities,' Jeff Zients, coordinator of the president's COVID-19 task force, said earlier this week. 

Every pharmacy will be following the federal and state guidelines and only vaccinating those who are eligible under the state-mandated order. 

CVS plans to begin offering vaccinations from doses that arrive on the first day, February 11.

The pharmacy is expecting 250,000 doses arriving at 330 stores across 11 states  including California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas and Virginia.  

Meanwhile, Walgreens said it will begin administering doses the day after shipments arrive, February 12, across 15 states, including Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Kentucky, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina Vermont, Wisconsin and West Virginia, and Puerto Rico. 

1 comment:

  1. strange that none of these killing centers have any troubles.

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