At Current Rate Of Distribution, COVID-19 Inoculation In Tennessee And Throughout The Nation Will Take More Than 3 Years To Complete.
Published January 21, 2021
Currently, the United States accounts for 1 out of every 5 virus deaths worldwide, far more than any other country despite wealth and healthcare resources.
President Trump began the final year of his term as the U.S. recorded its first confirmed case of COVID-19.
In his final hours in office as POTUS, the pandemic’s U.S. death toll has eclipsed 400,000. This number is steadily creeping toward half a million.
The 400,000-death toll, reported earlier this week by Johns Hopkins University, is greater than the population of New Orleans and is “equal to the number of American lives lost annually to strokes, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, flu and pneumonia combined”
It is suspected that with daily deaths reports continuing to rise higher than ever across the nation, it is anticipated that by the end of this week the toll will likely surpass the number of Americans killed in World War II.
Tennesseeans account for nearly 9,000 of those deaths cumulatively at this time.
Gov. Bill Lee has been consistently active in attempting to appropriately legislate for his constituents under these conditions and most recently signed Executive Order 74 on Tuesday, which extends COVID-19 safety restrictions at school-sponsored sporting events despite admitting prior that returning to school was the safest option for students.
It also encourages Tennesseans to continue working from home whenever or wherever possible, urging employers to equip, encourage, and allow employees to work remotely in spite of conflicting reports and opinions from local officials.
Although the position used to remain empty from time to time in the transition of presidential power, under these circumstances a new CDC director is taking immediate control over the agency.
The pandemic is the deadliest we’ve seen yet with mutations increasing rate of transmission as well as possible resistance to the vaccine and the nation’s largest-ever vaccination campaign is wracked by chaos and mismanaged expectations.
“COVID-19 vaccines remain limited at this time, and Tennessee’s allocation plan prioritizes those most at risk of illness and death from COVID-19,” said Tennessee Health Commissioner Lisa Piercey.
“The plan also prioritizes critical infrastructure workers who have direct public exposure or work in environments posing a higher risk of exposure to the virus that causes COVID-19.“
“The limited supply initially will require prioritization,” Dr. Piercey continued.
“Widespread availability for the public will likely not occur until spring of 2021.”
According to the CDC, 656,550 vaccines were distributed to the state of Tennessee as of January 14th.
A total of 264,713, less than half, of those vaccines have actually been administered despite widespread efforts for organization.
With half of the allotted doses unaccounted for in Tennessee, a number of states are reporting they are running out of vaccines and thousands of people who happened to get appointments for a first dose are being canceled.
Considering this information, tiptoeing around legislation may no longer be a sustainable solution for regaining any sense or normalcy.
It is anticipated by data analysts in Tennessee that at this rate of distribution, COVID-19 inoculation throughout the nation will take more than 3 years to complete.