Transcript for 20 million doses of the coronavirus vaccine have been administered in the US
Now to the pandemic, the efforts to vaccinate the nation appearing to make some headway, the U.S. Passing the milestone 20 million covid vaccine doses administered. Operation warp speed initially set that goalpost in 2020. That didn't happen. This morning, there are still frustrations over getting the vaccine and distribution. ABC's Trevor Ault joins us with the latest. Good morning to you, Trevor. Reporter: Good morning, Eva. It has been a grueling stretch since Thanksgiving, with just about every coronavirus matrix skyrocting. This week, the holiday surge finally starting to cool off, we did see cases, hospitalizations, and deaths begin to fall but they're still at worrily high levels. This morning, coronavirus trends nationwide starting to dip in the right direction. But several states are still seeing the virus spread at an alarming rate. In California, a dozen mortuaries were too busy to take her father's body. She was shaken by the hospital rooms packed with people just like her father. These are people that are working to sustain their family and they're here in the icu units with tubes up their noses because they can't breathe. Reporter: And we fight to contain the virus, it continues to mutate and spread. The uk variant of covid-19 now detected in at least 13 states and overnight, the university of Michigan halting all athletic activities for 14 days following positive tests for that uk variant and scientists in Ohio say that a U.S. Variant has been circulating since may. And researchers in California say a newly identified strain have been found in more than a third of the cases in Los Angeles. We need to vaccinate enough people to reach herd immunity before the variants mutate and evade vaccine-induced immunity. Reporter: Many areas still fighting through a stunted vaccine rollout, some sites seeing hours-long wait times. This couple have struggled to even get an appointment. Only to see that appointment cancelled. The fact of the matter is, what good is vaccine if it doesn't get into people's arms? Reporter: Multiple states say they're churning through their available doses and several governors are now urging the federal government to step up distribution. This shouldn't be the hunger games like it was with ppe, right, that was ridiculous. And we all had to play that game. Reporter: Now local news outlets are reporting wealthier zip codes are also some of the most vaccinated, with higher income areas receiving a disproportionately large amount of the vaccine. Many of the people lucky to get the shot are trying to urge others to follow their lead. Shirley Kemp received her first dose this week in Florida. She hopes to inspire other seniors to sign up, too. Get up, it's for you. It's for us. It's for the nation. And the bidendministration is sticking with its goal to manufacture 100 million vaccine doses in 100 days, though some questions whether that will be enough. Regardless the U.S. Will have to pick up the pace of administering these shots if life is going to return to normal this year. Dan. That's so crucial. Trevor, thank you so much.
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