As of the evening of the 16th, blizzard low temperature weather that has hit many states in the United States for several days has killed at least 23 people, millions of families and businesses have lost power, and the pace of vaccination and distribution has slowed down.
According to comprehensive U.S. media reports, the causes of casualties include tornadoes, fires caused by fire heating, traffic accidents and carbon monoxide poisoning. According to the National Weather Service forecast, the next round of snowstorms will affect many states in the southern, midwestern and northeastern United States in the next two days, affecting about 115 million people.
In addition, extreme weather has led to the closure of clinics, flight delays and freezing of highways, and slowing down the pace of COVID-19 vaccination and distribution. CDC press spokesman Jasmine Reed said on the 16th that as the blizzard will continue to affect the cities of Memphis, Tennessee and Louisville, Kentucky, where vaccine distribution hubs are located, the distribution of vaccines is expected to experience a “massive delay” in the next few days across the country.
On the same day, U.S. President Biden talked on the phone with the governors of seven central and southern states, including Texas, Louisiana and Kentucky, about disasters caused by extreme weather, promising to provide assistance to the relevant areas at the federal level.