Last month I wrote that the US hadn’t hit a vaccine wall yet – yes, the vaccination rate had dropped from its peak, but 2 million shots given per day, with nearly all the fruit harvested, was still pretty good. But lately … the “hitting the wall” assessment seems fairer. You average of seven days day dropped to just over one million COVID-19 vaccination shots administered per day. The United States is unlikely to meet President Biden’s goal of at least partially vaccinating 70 percent of Americans by July 4. currently 63.8 percent of American adults with at least one stroke.
Worse still, this morning the Wall Street newspaper brings word that millions of doses of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine are nearing their expiration date.
Some of the places that claim to have more than enough doses of Johnson and Johnson vaccine than they need include Philadelphia and Flint, Michigan, so you might think they could easily be sent north or east to Canada. But our northern neighbors may not need the doses that much. Canada’s vaccination effort began with a slow start, but has accelerated considerably; 68% of their population is 18 years old and over received at least one dose.
But that doesn’t mean there aren’t places in North America that could use those vaccines to the last. In Mexico, only 19% of the population has a dose, and the situation is the same in El Salvador. The Dominican Republic is at 38%, Beliza at 17%, the Bahamas at 12%, Jamaica at 5.3% and Guatemala at 3%. They are all within a relatively short distance by plane, and most major US airports have direct flights to at least these countries, including Philadelphia and Detroit. Grab a crate of Johnson and Johnson vaccines and attach it to the next departing flight!
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