cdc director on michigan surge
7:52PM Apr 12, 2021
Let's we would love to follow up and get more details, but let me just emphasize a few things, more broadly, we've gone from 6000 to 10,000 to 20,000 to 30,000 to 40,000 pharmacies. With available doses, so that takes a little bit of time, perhaps, for everything to catch up with itself but, but, that will mean that we'll as we go into next week 40,000 pharmacies will have available doses. Most of the pharmacies most certainly the major national ones have availability to book appointments directly. That will continue to be the case. If that's not the case in any in some specific specific circumstances. We'll find out about that until we can do to correct that. Next question.
Last question, let's
go to Heidi principal at NBC News.
Oh thank you, you know, vaccines, We understand are not a panacea given a crisis situation in Michigan right now but some public health officials including Dr Gottlieb over the weekend are saying that the administration probably should have surged vaccines to Michigan, two weeks ago when the data started coming in. Can you address that and what is the argument against doing this, as well as what specifically are you doing on monoclonal antibodies to the state. Thank you.
Right, so why don't we begin with Dr Wollensky since I think appropriately. As we've said here repeatedly. Our goal and our job is to follow what the science dictates the right approaches are.
Thanks Edie, and thank you for this question, Heidi. You know when there are different tools that we can use for different periods of when things are out breaking out when there's an outbreak. For example, we know that if vaccines go in arms today, we will not see an effect of those vaccines depending on the vaccine for somewhere between two to six weeks. So when you have an acute situation, extraordinary number of cases like we have in Michigan, the answer is not necessarily to give vaccine in fact we know that the vaccine will have a delayed response, the answer to that is to really close things down to go back to our basics to go back to where we were last spring. Last summer, and to shut things down to flatten the curve to decrease contact with one another to test to the extent that we have available to to contact trades, sometimes you can't even do it at the capacity that you need but really what we need to do in those situations is shut things down. I think if we tried to vaccinate our way out of what is happening in Michigan we would be disappointed that it took so long for the vaccine to work to actually have the impact. Similarly, we need that vaccine and other places, if we vaccinate today, we will have, you know, impact in six weeks, and we don't know where the next places is going to be that is going to search.
So, Look, our job here is to follow the science. And I think in that in that regard exactly what Dr willens, he said is important to us we have to remember the fact that in the next two to six weeks. The variants that we've seen in Michigan, those variants are also President and President and other states. So our ability to vaccinate people quickly although each of those states rather than taking vaccines and shifting it to playing Whack a Mole. Isn't the strategy that public health leaders and scientists have have laid out there are other things that we can do we have offered to serve monoclonal antibodies testing. There's a CDC team on the ground. We just said 140 FEMA vaccinators have just moved into the town, those are things you can affect quickly, and we believe can can ramp things up more quickly. We know there are appointments available in various parts of the state. And so that means that we have excess vaccine in some parts of the state so we're going to help work with the state in any state, quite frankly, to help the rebalancing, which which occurs in a situation like this, as we pay attention around the country. So with that I think we'll take their last question.