U.S. could soon give a million vaccinations a day

The U.S. could soon be giving at least a million COVID-19 vaccinations a day despite the sluggish start, Dr. Anthony Fauci said Tuesday, even as he warned of a dangerous next few weeks as the coronavirus surges. (Jan. 5)

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ANTHONY FAUCI: Slow starts are not uncommon when you have a brand-new program that you're starting to get off the ground, in all fairness. And also it was launched right in the middle of the holiday season of Christmas and New Year's in which many of the clinics were not at full operational capacity during that time.

There was a glimmer of hope because a few days ago if you had looked at what had happened over 72 hours, there was a million and a half vaccinations that were put into people's arms, which means about a half a million a day. So if we could get to a half a million a day under nonoptimal circumstances of a new program and the holiday season, I think once you go rolling and get some momentum, I think we can achieve 1 million a day or even more.

By the time we get to the third quarter of 2021, namely the beginning of the fall, that hopefully we will get that critical number. And I said an estimate-- and it's only an estimate because no one knows for sure-- between 70% and 85% of the population that's vaccinated to give what I would consider good herd immunity. By that time, you could start thinking about returning to some degree of normality.