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New York Mayor de Blasio wants to immunize 1 million residents in January


A worker of the #New #York #City #Fire #Department #Bureau of #Emergency #Medical #Services (FDNY EMS) receives a COVID-19 #Moderna vaccine, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic in the #Manhattan borough of #New #York #City, #New #York, U.S., #December 23, 2020.

#Carlo #Allegri | #Reuters

#New #York #City officials want to inoculate 1 million residents against #Covid-19 in #January, saying the federal government and drugmakers need to speed up the production and distribution of the vaccine.

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#Mayor #Bill de #Blasio said #Thursday the city will use schools, pop-up clinics and “whatever it takes” to reach 1 million people within the month.

“#We know #New #York #City can vaccinate 1 million people in the month of #January and really put this thing into high gear,” de #Blasio told CNN. “#Every single time we vaccinate someone, we are one step closer to making the coronavirus a thing of the past in terms of the horrible grip it has on society.”

It’s an ambitious goal considering the city has received just 390,425 vaccine doses and has been able to administer only about 78,000 shots, according to city data.

“#This thing is not moving the way it needs to in the #United #States,” the mayor said. “#New #York #City is going to show that we can jump-start this and vaccinate people at a record pace. #And we want to see the whole country to be a part of this because we need to go faster to fight back the coronavirus if we want to recover.”

The U.S. government has fallen far short of its original goal of administering at least 20 million #Covid vaccine shots before the end of the year — something federal officials have admitted is disappointing. The U.S. has distributed 12.4 million vaccine doses so far and inoculated just 2.8 million people with the first of the two-shot vaccine regimen from #Pfizer or #Moderna, according to the #Centers for #Disease #Control and #Prevention. U.S. officials say the data lags by 72 to 96 hours due to reporting delays at the state and local levels. #Even so, it’s still a fraction of the #Trump administration’s original target.

“#We agree that that number is lower than what we had hoped for,” #Moncef #Slaoui, chief advisor to the administration’s vaccine program #Operation #Warp #Speed, told reporters #Wednesday. “#We know that it should be better, and we’re working hard to make it better.”

#De #Blasio said the federal government needs to marshal all of its resources to mass produce the vaccine.

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#De #Blasio’s pronouncement comes as the city prepares for its annual #New #Year’s #Eve festivities, albeit without the usual crowds. #Just a few hundred people, instead of the usual thousands, will be in #Times #Square with masks on and by invitation only for the ball drop at midnight to kick of 2021. #De #Blasio said the one thing that unifies all #Americans in this divided country this year is “we want to get the #Hell rid of 2020.”



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