Covid-19 news: Latest on coronavirus vaccines, cases and deaths
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said today that over 600,000 vaccines have been administered since the beginning of its effort, though he stressed the city “urgently” needs more supply, and flexibility to vaccinate.
As of now, the city has on hand just over 19,000 first doses remaining, with just over 107,000 expected in resupply this week, he said.
The city can stay on track for second doses, he said, and remains at capacity to vaccinate at 500,000 per week. Appointments continue to be rescheduled.
For context – 628,831 doses have already administered – the number can be compared to more than the entire population of Louisville, Kentucky, the nation’s 29th largest city, the Mayor said to ensure confidence in the effort.
Mega sites like CitiField and Yankee Stadium are “ready to go” he said adding “but we don’t have the vaccine.”
De Blasio noted that he and other mayors spoke with the Biden administration last week specifically about increasing vaccine capacity, noting the administration is “supremely focused” looking for every “conceivable way” to move vaccines quicker. He is “hopeful” they will get answers this week that will “fundamentally” change the reality.
What the numbers look like: New York City added 4,743 new cases of probable and confirmed Covid-19, marking 8.44% positivity, according to the Mayor.
Mayor de Blasio said Monday 240 patients were admitted to hospitals for suspected Covid-19, and the city is reporting at rate of 5.18 individuals hospitalized per 100k people.
“The bottom line on all of this is we need to keep fighting, while we’re getting the vaccination supply we need, we need to keep fighting, use the measures that work.”