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‘We have to do better,’ Dr. Anthony Fauci says on vaccine release

Dr. Anthony Fauci said that more people have to do better when it comes to vaccine distribution

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Jamie Bone prepares a Moderna COVID-19 vaccination at the Legacy Center Indoor Arena in Farmington, Utah.

Jamie Bone, a Davis County Health Department registered nurse, prepares a syringe of Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at the Legacy Center Indoor Arena in Farmington on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021.

Kristin Murphy, Deseret News

Dr. Anthony Fauci said on the “Today” show Friday morning that the United States needs to do better in distributing the COVID-19 vaccine to the public.

What’s happening?

Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told the “Today” show that the U.S. COVID-19 vaccination rollout “has not worked as smoothly as possible,” and “we have to do better.”

Fauci said there will be more coordination once President-elect Joe Biden takes office, which could improve distribution.

  • “There will be a greater degree of coordination, interaction and support on the part of the federal government interacting with the states. … I think that’s what we’re going to see more of, where states will have help in regard to resources, but also more of a general, coordinated plan about how to do this.”

Why the slow down?

Fauci said the vaccine rollout has gone slowly because officials were never meant to adhere to a prioritization guideline.

  • “If you have a dose, give it,” he said.

That said, Fauci said that he does see Biden’s team administering 100 million doses in 100 days.

  • “I strongly believe that is doable.” 
  • “If we get about 70% to 85% of the people in the country vaccinated, we likely will get to that umbrella of herd immunity, that you’ll start to see a serious turnaround of infection. … But it is really going to be dependent on the uptake of vaccines. … We really want the overwhelming majority of the country to be vaccinated.”