Covid Vaccine: Why The Delay?


The new year has arrived, and so has the vaccine. But after proclaiming that 20 million doses would be administered by the end of the year, only 4.2 million Americans have received their shots. So what's the hold-up? Why the delay? Dr. Robin Armstrong told KTRH there are a number of reasons why the vaccine rollout is not quite up to 'warp' speed, but he also points out that here in Houston, and the state of Texas, we are leading the way. "Texas has such a huge medical infrastructure, that we are set up to be more successful than other states. We're ahead of the game." Armstrong cites new training and protocol as one of the problems, along with how to give it, and how to thaw it. After starting off with frontline healthcare workers, Houston has entered into phase 1-B of the vaccination process. Those who are 65 or older, or those who are over 16 with at least one chronic medical condition are next in line. But after crashing the phone system over the weekend, appointments for those who qualify have already been filled for the rest of the month. The other part of this story that will be interesting to watch. A new survey shows that fewer Americans want to take the vaccine at this time. Dr. Armstrong blames the left for politicizing Covid-19, and the vaccine, from the beginning. "Biden and Harris were saying they were skeptical of the vaccine because it came from the Trump administration." "The Bill Gates of the world, the W.H.O., Dr. Fauci, there's a lot of distrust." On a positive note, the vaccine rollout is expected to ramp-up over the next several weeks.


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