Friday Stats and More

Based on the CDC’s COVID Data Tracker website, here is the FEHBlog’s chart of new weekly COVID-19 cases and deaths over the 14th week of 2020 through the second week of this year (beginning April 2, 2020 and January 13, 2021; using Thursday as the first day of the week in order to facilitate this weekly update):

and here is the CDC’s latest overall weekly hospitalization rate chart for COVID-19:

The FEHBlog has noted that the new cases and deaths chart shows a flat line for new weekly deaths  because new cases greatly exceed new deaths. Accordingly here is a chart of new COVID-19 deaths over the same period April 2, 2020 through January 13, 2021:

Finally here is a COVID-19 vaccinations chart for the past month which also uses Thursday as the first day of the week:

The CDC reports that as of today at 9 am roughly 10.6 million American have received one dose of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine and 1.6 million American have received both doses. 1.1 million doses of the vaccines were administered yesterday in total.

President-elect Biden announced additional members of his COVID-19 response team today, including

David Kessler, Chief Science Officer of COVID Response
David A. Kessler, M.D., who serves as a co-chair of the COVID-19 Task Force for President-elect Joe Biden, was the Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration from 1990 to 1997, under Presidents George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton. 

Per the American Hospital Association, this role will assume the responsibilities of the current head of Operation Warp Speed.” Beckers Hospital Review informed us on January 13 that “Moncef Slaoui, PhD, chief advisor of Operation Warp Speed, submitted his resignation at the request of President-elect Joe Biden’s team, although he’ll stay on for another month to oversee the transition to the new administration, CNBC reported Jan. 12. To close the loop NPR reports that the Biden Administration plans to retire the Operation Warp Speed moniker.

Also on the COVID-19 vaccine front, the Wall Street Journal reports tonight that

If manufacturing projections previously put forth by companies hold up, Mr. Biden’s pledge to administer 100 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines during the first 100 days of his presidency should be possible, according to manufacturing and supply chain experts. But efforts to significantly ramp up vaccines and curtail spread of the virus will depend on state partnerships and public buy-in for some public health measures. * * *

The success of the vaccination push rests in part on available supplies and the ability of a workforce to provide shots. Mr. Biden’s plan seeks to address both challenges through the expanded use of the Defense Production Act and a call for letting more people, including retired medical professionals, administer vaccines with training. He would also expand the use of pharmacies to provide vaccines.

The federally backed community vaccination centers would involve the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the National Guard and state and local teams. The administration would use federal resources and its emergency contracting authority to help launch the centers.

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