The United States being the highest Covid-19 affected country in the world, has already started its vaccination drive in many states. The President-elect Joe Biden has received his first jab and is expecting the second one. The most populous US state, California has lagged behind in its vaccination rate, rolling out around a third of its doses so far. The Disneyland resort in Orange County will become the region’s first ‘super’ distribution site, Orange County Supervisor Andrew Do said on Monday.
The park has been closed to visitors since mid-March – unlike its companion resort, Walt Disney World in Florida, which has been open to reduced numbers of guests since July.
Gavin Newsom, California Governor announced several other vaccination sites in and around California which are set to open in a week or so. The locations include Los Angeles’ Dodger Stadium, Cal Expo in Sacramento, and Petco Park in San Diego.
“We recognize that the current strategy is not going to get us to where we need to go as quickly as we all need to go, that’s why we’re speeding up the administration not just for priority groups but opening up large sites to do so”, Mr. Newsom said.
According to Centres for Disease Control Data, California ranks 42nd out of 50 states in its vaccination rate per 100,000 residents. It saw around 40,000 new cases and 264 deaths on Monday itself.
The US state has the third-highest death rate in the country. The state data on Monday showed that more than 22,600 people were admitted to hospitals leaving just 1,200 intensive care beds available.
The United States has reported 22.6 million Covid-19 cases and more than 376,000 deaths till now as stated by the Johns Hopkins University data.
Despite that, Americans in Tuscaloosa, Alabama were seen ignoring the pandemic situation. Huge celebrations after a college American football championship victory raised the possibility of a Covid spike.