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Romney urges sweeping vaccine plan as U.S. surpasses 20 million COVID-19 cases By Reuters

Romney urges sweeping vaccine plan as U.S. surpasses 20 million COVID-19 cases By Reuters
Romney urges sweeping vaccine plan as U.S. surpasses 20 million COVID-19 cases

The soaring COVID-19 case load has pushed hospitals in and around Los Angeles in particular to their limits, filling emergency rooms, intensive care units, ambulance bays and morgues beyond capacity, and creating staff shortages.Briefing reporters on Thursday, Cathy Chidester, director of the Los Angeles County Emergency Medical Services Agency, called the situation a "hidden disaster," not plainly visible to the public.The crisis faced by healthcare systems has become especially acute in Los Angeles County where one patient is dying every 10 minutes from the respiratory virus, according to county health officials."That comprehensive vaccination plans have not been developed at the federal level and sent to the states as models is as incomprehensible as it is inexcusable," Romney said in a statement.

OXYGEN SHORTAGES, LINES OF AMBULANCES Romney said the country needs to acknowledge the current vaccination plan "isn't working" and is "woefully behind," and that leaders must find ways to quickly bolster capacity."It was unrealistic to assume that the healthcare workers already overburdened with COVID care could take on a massive vaccination program," Romney said.

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