Transcript for Doctor speaks on Biden’s vow to release nearly all vaccine doses when sworn in
All right, zohreen, thank you so much. Joining us now is Dr. Ashish jha. Dr. Jha, good morning. Great to have you with us on this Sunday. A lot to dive into here. I want to start with this, President-Elect Biden said he'll release nearly all available vaccine doses as soon as he's sworn in, rather than hold back millions to make sure that the second doses are available, is this a wise decision and given the delays that we have seen so far, isn't there risk that people might not get their second doses in time? I think it's the right move for the variety of reasons. We got to start getting these vaccines out to the states. States don't know when they're going to get their vaccine orders. And I think in general most people, probably all people should be able to get their second dose exactly on time. And the reason is that we're going to have production systems that are going to keep up. There's a balancing act here, but given the time we're in I think this is the right move. The bottlenecking at the state level, fda commissioner Dr. Hahn are now encouraging states to expand vaccinations to people over the age of 65. Now some states, like New York for example, expanded the age to 75 and over, but governor Cuomo said it would take up to 14 weeks before others can have access, so if you're 74, 73 years old, you'd have to wait until mid-april, is that good enough? No, it's not anywhere near good enough. We're in the middle of a horrible surge, that variant that was mentioned probably is in every state, most states in we've got to get people vaccinated quickly and I actually think everyone over 55, or over 75, working our way down way quickly is the right approach, we got to protect older people during this surge. We're already seeing some states make some adjustments to the phases in the rollout there. A number of cases we've been talking about the hospitalizations, the deaths, it's just been devastating and the surge, the post-holiday surge, some estimate we haven't even seen the peak of that holiday surge yet, and in California, people have been stuck in ambulances parked outside hospitals for hours because there's no room in some of the icus, what do you expect to see in the coming weeks? Yeah, so we're starting to see the effect of the holiday surge now in terms of infections, whit, but we're not yet seeing it in hospitalizations and deaths. We crossed 3,000 deaths a day consistently this past week. Those are deaths from infections from mid-december. So I'm very worried about what's going to happen to hospitals and deaths in the weeks to come. That's why we're in such a tough time, we got to get people vaccinated and we got to keep people wearing masks and social distancing. Dr. Jha thank you so much for your time. We appreciate it.
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