The pace of vaccination in various parts of the United States is accelerating, which makes people hope to see close to normal conditions.
In the United States, it may only take a few weeks to contain this pandemic on a large scale. An average of 3 million people are vaccinated every day, while 4 million people are vaccinated on Saturdays.
According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nationwide, more than 75% of people 65 years of age or older have received at least one injection, and more than 40% of all adults have received one injection.
Now, most states have opened vaccine eligibility to all adults, and the remaining states will President Biden For April 19, the target is raised from May 1.
Jason Schwartz, an assistant professor at the Yale School of Public Health, said: “We only need to spend a few more weeks.”
Former Director of the Food and Drug Administration Scott Gottlieb also wrote on Twitter that the “vaccine turning point” that the situation will greatly improve may appear within “2-3 weeks.”
However, the country has not yet come out of the predicament, and the surge in cases in some parts of the country has reflected the more contagious short-term risk of COVID-19. The relaxation of restrictions caused more people to gather together, including 38,000 people who participated in the Texas Rangers’ family opener, which caused concern among public health officials.
Experts urge individuals and governors to maintain preventive measures for a while, including wearing masks, keeping distance from others and avoiding crowds. They say that doing so may be the difference between some life and death.
Schwartz said: “The problem is how many preventable cases, preventable hospitalizations and preventable deaths will occur in this interval before “the results we absolutely can achieve, and the results we will achieve soon”.
In his speech at the White House on Tuesday, Biden urged people not to give up precautions and acknowledged the tension between good news and bad news.
He said: “We are making incredible progress.” “There is a lot of good news. However, there is some bad news. New variants of the virus are spreading and are developing rapidly. Cases are picking up. The hospitalization rate is no longer decline.”
“The virus is spreading because too many of us have seen the end. [and] Think we have reached the finish line,” he added.
The latest statistics from the CDC show that as more and more vulnerable people get vaccinated, the number of daily deaths from the virus has been greatly reduced, but about 750 people still die from COVID-19 every day.
The number of cases has reached a stable level, and is even rising again at a very high level, about 64,000 per day.
The situation in the Northeast and Midwest is particularly worrisome, especially in Michigan. The number of cases and hospitalizations in Michigan has soared, alarmingly, and the death toll has also started to rise.
Some experts say that the situation in Michigan is so worrying that the federal government should add additional vaccine doses to the state in an attempt to contain the outbreak.
Eric Topol, a professor of molecular medicine in Michigan, said on Twitter: “Michigan is going vertical and will surpass the peak of its pandemic in new cases. What is puzzling is why we (The US government) is not actively helping Michigan get more vaccine protection” Scripps Research.
So far, the Biden administration has not changed its distribution formula, transferring more vaccines to areas that have been hit harder, which means that the dose of vaccines provided to other areas will be reduced.
In some states, this increase in cases is due to more contagious variants of the virus, especially a variant that was first discovered in the UK, namely B.1.1.7, has become more common, and states The restrictions were relaxed.
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Fauci still hopes that the speed of vaccination will be sufficient to prevent a surge in cases across the country, even if it does increase in some places.
“As long as we continue to vaccinate people effectively, I don’t think that will happen,” he said in the new wave. “This does not mean that we still won’t see an increase in cases. It remains to be seen whether it breaks into a real surge. I think the vaccine will prevent this from happening.”
Although some Republican-controlled states have lifted most or all restrictions, even the blue state of California on Tuesday promised to return to normal in the coming months. Governor. Gavin NewsomGavin Newsom, the governor of the Democratic State, urges Biden to remove California’s SALT cap. The suspect knows the victim: Police Steyer says he “has no plan” to run for office again. More (D) Announced the goal of completely reopening before June 15th.
Newsom said: “At a time when there are more than 20 million vaccines under management across the state, it is time to change our hierarchical system and start seeking to completely reopen the California economy.” “We can now start planning for life after the pandemic. We will need to be vigilant and continue the practice that brought us here – Wear a mask and get vaccinated – But the light at the end of the tunnel has never been brighter. “
Experts generally believe that by summer, the situation will be greatly improved.
“The question is how it will develop in the next few weeks,” Schwartz said. “We just need to wait longer.”