The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the United States has reached more than 16 million, and the spread of the epidemic in the United States is still accelerating. Local medical institutions are under great pressure.
Some medical personnel almost broke down in an interview with the American media and begged the American people to abide by the prevention and control recommendations such as wearing masks.
According to CNN, it took about eight and a half months for the cumulative number of cases in the United States to reach the first 8 million, and the second 8 million took less than two months.
From 15 million to 16 million hours, it only took four days. During the traditional holiday in the United States in November, the impact of a large number of people traveling regardless of the epidemic is gradually emerging
On the 12th, the number of new deaths in the United States also exceeded 3,000 for the second consecutive day. The average number of new cases in the United States in the past week has reached more than 210,000 in a single day.
More than 85% of hospitals in the United States have significantly increased the number of confirmed patients.
In an unusually severe epidemic, the U.S. media reported that almost every hospital in the United States was affected by the surge in confirmed cases and was overloaded.
But today, many people in the United States still doubt the epidemic and do not wear masks. In response, some American medical staff even cried for people to take good prevention and control measures.
Doctor Sherry Shea, Hennepin Medical Center, Minnesota: As doctors, we were trained to help others, but now we really feel helpless. I can’t talk to patients without masks. I can’t touch them without gloves.
You know they can’t see our faces until they die. If we don’t have enough staff to take care of patients, we can’t find help. If we don’t wear masks or stop social distancing, we will lose more people in the end.
White House pressures, vaccines are approved “fastly”
According to U.S. media reports, in the face of the extremely serious COVID-19 epidemic in the United States, the U.S. government placed its hopes on the vaccine and imposed strong political pressure on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to quickly approve the relevant vaccine on the 11th.
According to CNN, a source revealed that White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows called Stephen Hahn, the director of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on the 11th, also Friday, saying that Hahn might need to resign if the vaccine is still not approved on the same day.
Another person familiar with the matter also confirmed that the White House did request approval for emergency use of the vaccine before the end of the 11th. The report also said that U.S. President Trump recently lost patience with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and criticized the agency as an “old and slow turtle” on the 11th.
On the 11th, the U.S. Drug Administration approved the emergency authorization application for the use of the coronavirus vaccine jointly developed by Pfizer Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. and the German biotechnology company. Hahn said the decision to issue an emergency use authorization was made after an open and transparent review process for the vaccine.
He denied that it was political pressure that led to the decision to urgently authorize the use of the vaccine faster than usual, and that he was threatened with resigning.
However, CNN reported that public health experts in the United States have been worried about the improper pressure exerted by the White House on the authorization process for the use of vaccines.