The COVID-19 epidemic in the United States continues to worsen. According to U.S. media reports, the number of patients hospitalized for COVID-19 in the United States rose by more than 25% in December 2020, and the average number of deaths per day continued to climb.
In California, where the epidemic is severe, the cumulative death toll in the state exceeded 25,000 on December 31, while patients are still flooding into hospitals, where it is difficult to find a place to place patients.
It is reported that more than 21,000 people in California are currently hospitalized for COVID-19, of which about 4,500 are in intensive care units. Many hospitals in Southern California are on the verge of collapse, as one in five people test positive for COVID-19.
In Santa Carrara, California, due to the overcrowding of hospitalizations and the full beds in the intensive care unit, medical staff can only treat some critically ill patients in the emergency room. Local medical staff even said that beds could only be freed up if someone with COVID-19 died.
TAVONIA EKVI, ER ERAL MEDICAL ANA HEAL MUSHIM, CALIFORNIA: It’s a mess. It’s like a war zone, ambulances transporting patients one by one.
Vaccination in the United States is far from reaching its goals. There have been a sabotage incident.
On the other hand, U.S. media reported that the progress of vaccination in the United States was disappointing.
According to the statistics of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as of December 31, 2020, the United States was vaccinated with more than 2.7 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine, but it is still far from the previous commitment of the U.S. government to target of at least 20 million Americans to be vaccinated against the novel coronavirus by the end of December 2020.
In addition, on December 31, 2020, Wisconsin police announced that a staff member of a local hospital was arrested on suspicion of destroying the refrigeration of the coronavirus vaccine and deliberately removing the vaccine from the refrigerator.
According to the report, the hospitals involved were forced to throw away more than 500 doses of vaccines, but some local people may have been vaccinated against vaccines that were not refrigerated as required.