A Democratic state lawmaker criticized Pennsylvania's vaccine rollout as muddled on Friday - saying other states are doing a much better job at distribution and communication - while unions representing police and prison guards expressed outrage at having been shoved farther back in line for COVID-19 shots. "We're still at a very high level of infections", said Dr. Ashish Jha, dean of the Brown University School of Public Health.
In the US, Washington state health officials said they found the variant in testing samples in the state.
In terms of vaccines, Fauci said that variant was "a little bit more concerning" than the B.1.1.7 variant first identified in the UK.
India has recorded the second most cases, with about 10.7 million. "That's a small difference".
He added that the numbers could possibly also be a "consequence of the fact that the United Kingdom health system is really overwhelmed".
"That has an effect also on mortality", Collins added.
The Texas Department of State Health Services released updated COVID-19 information for January 23.
Miriam Palomino, right, received the COVID-19 vaccine in Paterson, N.J., Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021.
Simon said people should not look at those numbers and assume there are 400,000 unused doses in the county, noting again the lag in vaccination reports and the daily administration of doses. More information on COVID-19 in the state is available here. December and January have only gotten worse, with the US repeatedly breaking its record for most new cases in a single day.
He said if the county can get its allocation increased to 500,000 per week, "we would have the potential to reach 75% of the adult population in the county, or 6 million adults, by mid-summer". This is the first time since December 29 that daily hospitalizations decreased to less than 7,000 patients.