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Biden focuses on fighting pandemic as vaccine is in short supply

The president of the United States, Joe Biden, has been released at the head of the White House with a special interest in the fight against the pandemic, which has strongly impacted the world’s leading power, while various health centers in the country warn about the scarcity vaccine inventory.

Biden, who was sworn in at a ceremony marked by security and a small audience to prevent the spread of covid-19, dedicated his first day in the Oval Office to the disease that since January of last year, when the first case in the country, it has claimed more than 4,000,000 lives in the US.

In a departure from the policies of his predecessor, Donald Trump, who downplayed the threat of the virus and prioritized the economy, Biden has said he faces a “wartime task” that has left more deaths in the past. country than those of fallen Americans during World War II.

According to the independent count of John Hopkins University, the United States this Saturday accounted for some 24.9 million infected and more than 416,000 deaths.

DOSE, A RARE GOOD

And while Biden has promised that the United States will administer 100 million doses of the vaccine in his first 100 days in power, the state and the city of New York, which last year became the epicenter of the pandemic, had to close 15 vaccination centers after doses ran out.

“By the time vaccines arrive, our goal is to get them into (people’s) arms as soon as possible,” New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said today, anticipating that vaccination points will be expanded to primarily cover to the black and Latino communities, the most affected by the covid.

Cuomo admitted, however, that “250,400 doses per week is not enough” for that state, where so far more than a million people have received their first dose of the vaccine.

The New York Times newspaper revealed this Saturday that health centers throughout the country have had to cancel thousands of appointments to provide the vaccine due to the shortage of doses.

The situation is especially dire in Texas, which averages about 20,000 new cases a day, raising concerns about whether health officials will be able to slow the spread when they can’t get the vaccines they desperately need to do so, the newspaper noted. .

According to the newspaper version, a hospital in the city of Beaufort (South Carolina) canceled 6,000 appointments for vaccines after receiving only 450 of the doses it expected.

The scene was repeated in Hawaii, where a hospital canceled 5,000 first-dose appointments and decided to put 15,000 vaccine requests on hold.

In San Francisco – whose state, California, accumulates the highest number of infections in the country, with more than 3 million positives – the rate of appointment allocation has been reduced for fear that they do not have enough doses.

The mayor of Miami-Dade, Daniella Levine Cava, ordered all the entities that are vaccinating to publish daily the details of the process and the scarce inventory of vaccines in the county, the one with the highest incidence in the state of Florida .

The official said that the idea is that all residents over 65 have “equal” access to vaccines in the face of complaints of privilege in the wealthiest areas of the city.

The governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis, reiterated today that the state “is close to” one million vaccinated among those over 65 years of age, again rectifying a statement of his this Friday that considered this goal to be met.

HIGHWAY AND AIRPORT IN HONOR OF TRUMP

And precisely in Florida, the now former president Donald Trump has been the subject of controversy.

Councilors in Palm Beach County, where the Republican leader resides since last Wednesday after leaving the White House, have declared themselves against proposals to name an avenue and the local airport in honor of Trump, who will face his second impeachment trial in February .

Commissioner (councilor) Melissa McKinlay noted on her Twitter account that she will not support the designation of “anything” bearing Trump’s name.

McKinlay pointed out that the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) cannot erect markings “for honorary designations of highways or bridges unless the commission of the city or the affected county promulgates the resolution that supports the designation.”

The Sun Sentinel newspaper consulted the seven Palm Beach councilors, and five of them opposed another idea suggested by a member of the Republican Party to rename the local international airport after the former president.

In a message on his Twitter account, the leader of the Democratic majority in the Senate, Chuck Schumer, indicated this Saturday that the Senate “will continue with the impeachment trial against Trump”, whose formal start is scheduled for the week of 8 February.

Schumer asked the Justice Department Inspector General to investigate what he considered an “attempted sedition,” reacting to a report released by The New York Times, according to which a Justice Department official hatched a plan with Trump to impeach to his acting attorney general, Jeffrey A. Rosen, in his attempt to overturn the results of Georgia, one of the key states in the elections last November.

Trump, who became the first president in US history to be subjected to two political trials, this time faces the charge of “inciting insurrection” for the violent assault on the Capitol on January 6 by part of a group of his followers, in an event that left five dead, including a policeman.