The United States has been on the front lines of the pandemic response, with over 10 million infections reported in its state and local health departments.
This week, the CDC reported the first cases of the virus in the United States, with the virus reaching a new high in Texas.
On Wednesday, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that it has detected the virus for the first time in the country, and that Texas has surpassed the threshold of its statewide level.
The CDC has not said when the Texas state will become fully vaccinated, but on Thursday, the state said it will take the vaccine, a move that is expected to save lives.
The CDC also released a statement Thursday saying that the state has begun vaccinating all its employees, and the agency is in the process of assessing the effects of the vaccination on the state’s health system.
“The Texas Health and Human Services Commission will continue to monitor the health care system as a whole to determine whether there is an appropriate vaccination schedule for Texas,” the agency said.
The outbreak has brought Texas and other states into the national spotlight, with some states and localities stepping up their response to the pandemics.
Last week, Florida became the first state to announce a mandatory vaccination schedule.
On Thursday, President Donald Trump called on governors and officials to take on the responsibilities of the public health agency, telling a rally in Florida that states must act.
“The answer is, they’ve got to be strong leaders and you have got to take responsibility for the state of your state and do your job,” Trump said.
On Friday, Trump reiterated that message, saying that states and their officials are responsible for the safety of the American people.
“I think we have to have a national emergency and we have a very important thing in terms of how we are going to deal with the pandoravirus and we can’t be a country that allows a disease to continue to spread,” Trump told Fox News.