By Peter Szekely NEW YORK (Reuters) – As the United States recorded its highest death toll in a single day since the coronavirus pandemic began nearly a year ago, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said Wednesday that the city it would not meet its inoculation goals unless it could have access to more vaccines. The mayor said supplies shortages were hampering New York City’s efforts to increase its immunization capacity. His call comes as the country as a whole struggles to meet its overall goals, with vaccines now far behind the goal of 20 million people. “We need the federal government, the state government and the manufacturers to step up and provide us with more supply immediately,” de Blasio said in a briefing. The nation’s most populous city is adding vaccination sites across all five counties, including its two Major Leagues. Of baseball, and has managed to loosen restrictions on the availability of vaccines, de Blasio said. New York is on track to inoculate 1 million of its more than 8 million residents by the end of the month, but only if it gets enough vaccinations. Said. “I confirmed with our healthcare team yesterday that even with the normal supplies that we hope to have delivered next week, we will run out of vaccinations sometime next week, unless we get a major new resupply,” he added. , only about a third of the 29.4 million doses distributed to states have been administered, according to data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The US Food and Drug Administration has licensed the vaccine to Pfizer (NYSE 🙂 and partner BioNTech SE (NASDAQ 🙂 and a second vaccine from Moderna (NASDAQ 🙂 Inc for emergency use. Both vaccines require two doses separated by a few weeks. Johnson & Johnson (NYSE 🙂 JNJ.N chief scientific officer said the company is on track to launch its single-shot coronavirus vaccine in March and plans to have clear data on its effectiveness by the end of this month. or early February. In an interview with Reuters on Tuesday, Dr. Paul Stoffels also said that J&J hoped to meet its stated goal of delivering 1 billion doses of its vaccine by the end of this year as the company ramps up production. The country’s struggle to vaccinate its population comes as the number of people dying from the disease hit a daily record 4,336 on Tuesday, according to a Reuters tally. The daily toll raised the number of COVID-19 victims in the US to 380,524, with the number of cases at 22.7 million Tuesday night, more than in any other country. The widely cited model from the University of Washington Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation expects January to be the deadliest month of the pandemic so far in the United States. The virus is projected to claim more than 108,000 lives this month before the death rate declines as the vaccine is administered, the IHME said. By April 1, a death toll of 567,000 is expected. On Tuesday, federal health officials agreed to release millions of doses of the COVID-19 vaccine that the government had reserved for second injections, urging states to offer them to all Americans 65 or older or with chronic illnesses. [L1N2JN0P1] Secretary of the US Department of Health and Human Services Alex Azar said during a news conference that the vaccination rate in the US has increased to 700,000 injections per day and is expected to rise to 1 million per day. day within a week to 10 days. The stabilization in the number of COVID-19 patients requiring hospitalization has emerged as an encouraging sign in the last week. Coronavirus hospitalizations were 130,823 on Tuesday night, little change from the previous week, according to a Reuters tally.