Fauci: US vaccinations are increasing in a ‘glimmer of hope’

The US has ramped up COVID-19 vaccinations in the past few days after a slower-than-expected start, bringing the number of shots dispensed to about 4 million, government health officials say.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious-disease expert, also says on ABC’s “This Week” that US President-elect Joe Biden’s pledge to administer 100 million shots of the vaccine within his first 100 days in office is achievable.

And he rejects President Donald Trump’s false claim on Twitter that coronavirus deaths and cases in the US have been greatly exaggerated.

In this Sept. 23, 2020 file photo, Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health, listens during a Senate Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee Hearing on the federal government response to COVID-19 Capitol Hill in Washington (Graeme Jennings/Pool via AP)

“All you need to do… is go into the trenches, go into the hospitals, go into the intensive care units and see what is happening. Those are real numbers, real people and real deaths,” Fauci says on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

Fauci says he has seen “some little glimmer of hope” after 1.5 million doses were administered in the previous 72 hours, or an average of about 500,000 per day, a marked increase in vaccinations. He says that brings the total to about 4 million.

— AP