Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said on Thursday it is "disappointing" that 20 million people were not vaccinated in the US by today, the end of 2020.
"We would have liked to have seen it run smoothly and have 20 million doses into people today by the end of the 2020, which was the projection,” Fauci told NBC's Today Show. “Obviously, it didn't happen. And that's disappointing.”
Fauci said he hopes vaccinations in the US will gain momentum as the country gets into the first couple of weeks in January.
“There really has to be a lot more effort in the sense of resources for the locals, namely the states, the cities, the counties, the places where the vaccine is actually going into the arms of individuals,” he said. “We have to support the local groups, the states and the cities, to help them to get this task done, which is a very prodigious task.”
When asked whether it would be better if the federal government stepped in and took over the effort to vaccinate Americans, Fauci said “rather than stepping in and taking over, I think it would be maybe better to give more resources and to work with them, in tandem with them.”
He noted, “In other words, not saying we’re taking over, we’re going to do your job, but saying we’re going to really help you to do your job, particularly by giving you many more resources."