At least 37 people have died because of extreme winter weather several US states, particularly Texas, in the past few days.
According to local media, the freezing weather also disrupted water service for more than 12 million residents in Texas, forcing many of the more than 680 water systems in the state to issue boil water notices.
Other parts of the country are bracing for snow. Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York City and the tristate area are expected to see 6 inches of snow, while Washington, DC, is expected to get 2 to 4 inches.
US President Joe Biden declared a state of disaster emergency in Texas to provide with additional and urgent federal assistance.
“I’ve declared states of emergency, authorized FEMA to provide generators and supplies, and am ready to fulfill additional requests. Please heed the instructions of local officials and stay safe,” the US leader tweeted. The governors of North Carolina and Oklahoma have requested federal emergency declarations.
In the meantime, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, said Thursday that the US will need to work double time to make up for Covid-19 vaccine delays due to winter storms.
States across the nation have reported delays in vaccine delivery and distribution due to winter storms. In an MSNBC interview, Fauci said he does not know exactly how much of the nation’s vaccine rollout has been impacted, but it’s significant.
“We’re just going to have to make up for it as soon as the weather lifts a bit, the ice melts and we can get the trucks out, and the people out and getting the vaccine into people’s arms,” he said.
“We’re going to just have to make up for it, namely do double time when this thing clears up.”
Source: Kuwait News Agency