“If we can catch the bus, if we can get enough vaccine between now and summer, we can really beat it,” Osterholm said. “But… we are impatient.”
Variants have already grown alarmingly in other countries.
In France, where health officials warned last month that this version was spreading rapidly, more than 5,000 Kovid-19 patients are now in the ICU for the first time since last April. Turkish authorities report the highest daily case since the onset of the epidemic, with the majority of infections being caused by the B-1.1.7 variant. In Canada, stress led to more infections and hospitalizations, with officials reporting an increasing number of serious illnesses in younger patients.
The director of the CDC, Drs. “The outbreak of the epidemic in the United States is visible in many countries in Europe, including Germany, Italy and France,” Rochelle Wallensky said on Monday.
“In the United States it’s going to be entirely about how much we’re going to open up,” said Osterholm, who said the US is the only country easing security measures, while the B.1.1.7 version spread. Used to be. “In a sense, we are creating the perfect storm.”
That, Osterholm said, could mean more lives lost.
Governor says that ‘no thanks’ mask to mandate
Health officials, including Valenski, have urged Americans to keep on masking and insist that some states may open up very quickly at critical times.
“No, thanks, Mr. Chairman,” he said.
“I have spoken to many restaurant owners who will continue to require masks within their restaurants to protect their employees and patrons.” “Please be respectful and brainwashed, while the masked mandate has been lifted, many businesses will continue to need it.”
A spokesman for the Alabama government will go ahead with its plan to end the state’s mask mandate next week.
“Governor Ivey has already said, Alabama’s mask mandate expires on April 9. We have made progress, and we are moving towards personal responsibility and common sense, not endless government mandates,” said spokeswoman Gina Mayola said.
More leaders make sanctions easier
More leaders also announced that they were easing sanctions.
Edwards said in a statement, “While COVID-19 and its variants remain a major public health risk, we can protect ourselves and our loved ones by using means of vaccination, masking, and distancing.”
Losers and Orange counties among those going to a less restrictive level will now be designated as a moderate risk level.
Bars that do not provide food will be allowed to open outdoors with some security measures, restaurants may also be allowed to increase indoor-dining capacity and movie theaters, retail stores and personal care services.
“There’s a lot to be optimistic about,” the county’s public health director Barbara Ferrer said in a statement. “However, we are not going to let our guard down. Another boom here will be dangerous and will halt our recovery progress. We will move swiftly to introduce measures to limit transmission and these measures will rear us.” Will take you to.
Nearly half of US citizens have been fully vaccinated
Experts are vigilant until enough people can be vaccinated and protected from the virus to suppress its spread.
About 96 million people have received at least one dose of the vaccine – about 28.9% of the US population – and about 53.4 million have been fully immunized, CDC data show.
Less than half of the nation’s 65 and older population – 49.8% – are fully immunized and more than seven out of 10 people in the US have received at least one dose, this data shows.
Pfizer’s Kovid-19 vaccine is only available for use by people 16 and older, while Modern and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are restricted to people 18 and older.
CNN’s Pierre Barin Dan Merika, Deidre McPhillips, Sarah Moon, Dave Alsup, Jamiele Lynch and Betsy Klein contributed to this report.