COVID-19 number of deaths close to 400,000

Los Angeles becomes the first county to reach a total of 1,000,000 coronavirus cases; officials work to solve issue of vaccination backlog.
2:43 | 01/17/21

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Dan, we want to move now to the pandemic. The number of deaths in the U.S. Nearing 400,000. This morning, Los Angeles has become the first county to reach a total of 1 million cases. That's 1 million cases in just one county, and the vaccine backlog is nowhere near ABC's zohreen shah joins us now from L.A. Zohreen, good morning. Reporter: Good morning, whit. Only over 10 million first doses nationwide. Megasites are trying to change the pace. The dodgers are recently the world champs and still trying to break records here. First can testing. -- First with testing. Now with vaccinations. Over 7,000 vaccinations here in the last two days, coming at a very critical moment. This morning, the U.S. Nearing another major milestone. As deaths inch closer to 400,000 across the country, hospitals are being pushed to the brink. In Georgia, one medical center's icu is at 200% capacity. We're having to treat patients in the hallways and also in ambulances. Reporter: Icu capacity in some Nashville hpitals down to 11%, and here in California, more than 500 people are dying daily. States desperate to vaccinate as that highly contagious uk variant spreads across the country. Of the 31 million doses distributed, only 12 million have made it into the arms of Americans. But supplies coast to coast are dwindling. There is not enough supply for the demand when everybody is wanting the vaccine right now. Reporter: Leading many to line up for hours, only to be turned away. They said no appointment necessary. They should let us in. Not get here and say, oh, do you have an appointment? You can't go in. I looked and looked and all the options were full. Reporter: California lags far behind most of the U.S. In vaccinations. They've now turned iconic dodgers stadium into a mass vaccination site. Humanitarian leaders like Ann Lee growing frustrated. Going from developing countries back to working here, it's, like, oh. Hm. This feels familiar. Reporter: Lee stresses even megasites will not save us without critical shipments and support. On site, we'll have enough supply to be able to provide at least until Wednesday. Reporter: You heard that right here at dodgers, enough vaccinations until Wednesday, and then they play it day by day. That's the reality of many megasites around the country. Even abroad, the bbc reporting pfizer shortages in both Europe and Canada. Eva? So many people wanting to get the vaccine, and they're all trying to get appointments right

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