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The US has averaged more than 3,000 Covid-19 deaths a day over the past week

January 12, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Refrigerated overflow morgue trailers outside the San Diego County Medical Examiner's Office in the Kearny Mesa neighborhood of San Diego, California, U.S., on Monday, Jan. 11, 2021. California, where the latest surge in the virus has filled hospitals and morgues, reported its worst day for fatalities so far. Photographer: Bing Guan/Bloomberg

Health officials had warned the Covid-19 pandemic would make winter one of the most difficult times in US history. That prediction is quickly proving true.

"This is what we were afraid of -- people letting their guard down over Christmas and New Years," New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said Monday while announcing the spread of the virus was increasing across the state.

Arizona's hospitalization numbers are at all-time highs due to a surge that the state's top health official said earlier this month followed the Christmas holiday.

Timelines vary across the country and "access to Covid-19 vaccines in these first months of the U. S. vaccine campaign may depend a great deal on where one lives," the Kaiser Family Foundation, which studies health care policy, said in a report issued Monday.

The report found 40 states are still in Phase 1a -- when the CDC recommends vaccinating healthcare workers and long-term care facility residents -- either fully or partly.

States are "making the decision to just get as many people vaccinated as they can," and bypassing recommendations for vaccine prioritization, said Dr. Paul Offit, a member of the FDA's vaccine advisory committee on Monday.

In Texas, Gov. Greg Abbott toured a mass Covid-19 vaccination site Monday and said the state plans to open about 28 similar sites across 18 counties.

"These vaccination hubs will expedite vaccine distribution and ensure efficiency in communities across the state," the governor said.

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