The United States has hit the milestone of 11 million confirmed cases of coronavirus – just eight days after the country hit the 10 million mark.
With nearly 250,000 fatalities, the prognosis for the country is bleak.
The rate of viral infections is increasing after increasing across much of the country in mid-October.
It took a little over two weeks for the nation to transition from eight million to nine million cases on October 30. According to the New York Times, nine to ten million took just ten days.
The country recorded more than 159,100 new cases on Saturday, the third highest total number of pandemics.
Ten states set up one-day case records on Saturday. 29 states added more cases in the past week than any other seven-day period.
The new milestone came when it was found that Joe Biden's scientific advisors will meet with COVID-19 vaccine makers in the coming days, despite the fact that the president's transition has stalled due to Donald Trump's refusal to allow the election .
"We will begin these consultations this week," said Ron Klain, Biden's chief of staff.
Joe Biden's right-wing scientific advisors will meet with vaccine makers in the coming days as the transition to president remains stalled due to Donald Trump's refusal to acknowledge he lost the election. The two men are pictured on Sunday
He said they would speak to Pfizer, who on Monday said its experimental vaccine was 90 percent effective, and other drug companies.
Klain also called on Congress on Sunday to pass bipartisan financial relief for COVID-19.
Klain said Biden's experts also need a detailed understanding of the distribution plans that are being finalized by the Department of Health and Human Services and the Pentagon.
"We need to speak to them as soon as possible," he said.
“It's great to have a vaccine, but vaccines don't save lives: vaccines save lives. And that means you have to get this vaccine into the arms of people all over this country. It's a huge logistical project, ”added Klain.
For the first time since election day, Trump admitted that Biden had won.
"He won because the election was rigged," tweeted Trump, referring to his Democratic rival on Sunday morning.
But Klain said Biden's team is still awaiting approval from the federal government to officially begin transition efforts between its pandemic advisors and the White House's coronavirus task force.
"We will begin these consultations this week," Biden's chief of staff Ron Klain said, citing Pfizer, who said Monday his experimental vaccine was 90 percent effective, and other drug companies. The pictured Klain also called on Congress on Sunday to pass bipartisan financial relief for COVID-19
The incoming team has been hampered by the federal government's refusal to approve transitional efforts affecting coronavirus coordination, national security and other urgent issues, he said.
Biden's coronavirus advisor, Dr. Michael Osterholm told Meet the Press on Sunday that the US is in "a very dangerous phase" and that the health system is at a "turning point".
Osterholm then predicted that health systems in the US could collapse in just a few weeks if COVID-19 cases continue to rise.
A new model has suggested that up to 150,000 more people could die before the president-elect's inauguration in January.
Biden has pledged to make coronavirus control a top priority and is likely to push for masked mandates and more tax incentives to keep businesses and workers alive when he takes office next year.
However, in the two months to the January 20 inauguration day, exploding infections could lead to 13 million more cases and 150,000 deaths, a potential 80 percent increase in infections and a 29 percent increase in deaths, according to Reuters calculations.
According to Reuters, the US could report between 8 and 13 million more cases of COVID-19 by the time it is inaugurated.
The calculations, based on the daily number of cases in early November and percentage growth trends, also show that at the current daily death rate, an additional 70,000 to 150,000 Americans could die between now and the day of inauguration.
The late handover is particularly problematic during a public health crisis, said Dr. Anthony Fauci, the government's leading infectious disease expert.
He compared the process with runners who passed the baton in a relay race.
"You don't want to stop and give it to someone," he said. "You just essentially want to keep going."
Biden has pledged to make coronavirus control a top priority and is likely to push for masked mandates and more tax incentives to keep businesses and workers alive when he takes office next year. Biden leaves Brandywine Catholic Church on the Sunday after Mass at St. Joseph's
For the first time since election day, Trump admitted that Biden had won. "He won because the election was rigged," tweeted Trump, referring to his Democratic rival on Sunday morning. Trump will play golf at Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Virginia on Sunday
According to the Johns Hopkins University, the seven-day moving average for new daily cases on Saturday was 145,400.
That means the US is adding about 1 million new cases each week and an average of 820 deaths per day as of Saturday, a 33 percent increase in just two weeks.
Pfizer's announcement that preliminary data suggests the vaccine is 90 percent effective lifted financial markets last week and gave hope to people around the world that the pandemic will end.
Dr. However, Fauci stressed that the arrival of vaccines is nothing like flipping a switch to return to normal life. The first doses will be available to people in risk groups later this year.
Other vaccine manufacturers are also in the final stages of testing their formulations, and Fauci expects these vaccines to be highly effective as well.
He said Americans need to continue preventative measures like wearing masks, observing social distancing, and frequent hand washing well into next year.
Pfizer's announcement that preliminary data suggests the vaccine is 90 percent effective lifted financial markets last week and gave hope to people around the world that the pandemic will end
The government has launched a White House-backed program called Operation Warp Speed to quickly manufacture and distribute millions of vaccine doses.
The shots will be free for Americans, and the goal is to get most people vaccinated by around this time next year. Many people need two doses. Initial access to the vaccine will be limited to high priority groups such as hospital and nursing home workers.
A senior health official in the Trump administration said 20 million doses could be available by the end of this month and an additional 20 million by the end of the year.
But adm. Brett Giroir, HHS assistant secretary, supported Fauci's admonition that Americans must continue to follow basic public health precautions such as wearing masks.
"If we do these things in combination with our testing, we can flatten the curve," he said.
"If we don't do these things, cases will keep rising." Giroir said the country was in a critical situation.
When asked if the administration should speak to the Biden team, Giroir replied: “I want to be as transparent as possible with everyone. This is not a political problem. This is a public health issue and the saving of American lives. And I guess there is nothing more important than that. & # 39;
Hospitals across the country are reporting doctors and nurses being stretched to cope with the increasing number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients who need special care. In some communities, hospitals have begun to restrict voting procedures in order to conserve resources.
On Saturday, Trump spent most of the day golfing, and when he addressed the virus on Twitter, he wrote, “Congress must now make a Covid Relief Bill. Needs support from the Democrats. Make it big and focused. Get it ready! & # 39;
The lack of communication about what is being done to further fight the virus is worrying and has likely led Biden's team to request an urgent response pending his presidency.
On Friday, Biden said: & # 39; This crisis requires a robust and immediate federal response, which unfortunately has been lacking. I'm the president-elect, but I won't be president until next year.
& # 39; The crisis does not respect dates in the calendar, it is accelerating right now … Now is a moment for joint responsibility and joint action. Together we have the power to contain this virus, ”said Biden.
"And I promise you that from the moment I am sworn in on January 20th, I will do everything in my power to lead this unified national effort," added Biden.
A White House spokesman said the president's task force remains "life-saving" and "in constant contact with state and local jurisdictions and health care providers and continues to promote common sense curbing".