Dr. Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, said: “The United States seems to be related to the pandemic.” “The virus is not what we do.”
In the United States, more than 15,000 cases of B.1.1.7 coronavirus variants have been reported, and this variant also seems to be more deadly. In the American race to vaccinate people in time, many experts ask the public to adhere to preventive measures in a short time.
Osterholm told CNN’s Irene Burnett: “In the next six to ten weeks, we will not have enough vaccines in the arms of enough Americans because This surge, we will stop this vaccine.”
Osterholm said that although the vaccination rate in the United States is nearly five times faster than the global average, and 40% of adults have been vaccinated at least once, countries with lower incomes and lower vaccination rates may become The location where the variant is out of control.
Dr. Paul Offit, a member of the FDA Vaccine Advisory Committee, said that fortunately, the United States has the conditions to help resist another surge: the vaccination rate has risen, a considerable part of the population has been infected and the weather has warmed.
As vaccinations increase, restrictions become easier
The White House said on Monday that there will be enough vaccines for all Americans by the end of next month, and some states have begun to develop plans to return to normal.
In Washington, DC, Mayor Muriel Bowser called on residents to get vaccinated as soon as possible.She also relaxed many restrictions from May 1st, including It is allowed to sit indoors in live entertainment venues with 25% capacity, while entertainment centers, libraries, museums and art galleries, and non-essential retail stores will be able to operate indoors or outdoors at 50% capacity.
The mayor said: “We know that there will be an increase in cases this month, but with the vaccination and continued safety measures, we hope that these cases will decrease later in the spring.” Before reminding residents to “vaccinate as soon as possible”, He said. As long as there is a chance. ”
Dr. Ashish Jha, Dean of Brown University’s School of Public Health, told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer that Bowser is one of many local and state leaders to relax restrictions, although adherence to preventive measures is still a key part of the fight against the virus.
Jaha said: “We are not there yet, and the variant makes it particularly worrying.” “We really have to drag for a few more weeks. We are very close to the finish line, but we can’t stop yet.”
Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said that Covid-19 cases have been rising for four consecutive weeks, partly due to the spread of the variant.
According to data released by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services on Monday, there are at least 81 new clusters in K-12 schools across the state.
Ohio Governor Mike DeWine said that in Ohio, the rising positive rate has put the state in a state of “returning to basic common sense” in preventing Covid-19.
The new “simplification” order should be signed before the end of Monday, which includes wearing masks in most indoor locations, avoiding gatherings of more than 10 people, and maintaining social distancing.
DeWine said: “This is indeed a game.” “These are the things we need to do as we move forward.”
Health experts debate second dose delay
Facing the threat of another possible surge, health experts are debating whether to maintain the current vaccination schedule or postpone the second vaccination to ensure that more Americans get their first vaccination quickly.
Osterholm said: “Now, with the upcoming surge, what we have to do now is to protect as many people as we can so they don’t get serious illness, hospitalization and death.”
Memorial Sloan Kettering infectious disease expert Dr. Kent Sepkowitz told CNN on Monday that the decision to focus on the first dose may depend on supply.
“If the inventory is insufficient, then yes, I think we should optimize the’very good’ vaccination for more people instead of providing’super scammer’ protection for fewer people.”
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told CNN’s Elizabeth Cohen on Monday that although a single dose does provide protection against the virus , But it is still unclear how long this protective effect can last.
Fauci said that considering the spread of variants may reduce the effectiveness of the vaccine, “if you don’t have sufficient influence, then you will be in a vulnerable zone.”
Fauci said: “Therefore, the arguments presented have their merits.” “But now, given the number of vaccines we provide every day, almost every day, we are getting closer and closer to where we want.”
CNN’s Michael Nedelman, Deidre McPhillips, Nikki Carvajal, Kay Jones, Rebekah Riess, Jen Christensen, Dave Alsup, Joe Sutton, Virginia Langmaid and Alec Snyder contributed to this.