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CDC’s warning about the future of the pandemic


(CNN) — Nearly one in 10 Americans – more than 32 million people – are now fully vaccinated against COVID-19, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The trailer offers hope that the brutal battle against the virus is slowly drawing to a close.

But we are not there yet.

The growing number of vaccines is not high enough yet, and probably will not be for a few more months, according to experts, to help suppress the spread of the coronavirus.

That is why it is essential that Americans do not abandon security measuresEspecially now that dangerous variants are circulating that threaten to fuel another rally in just a few weeks.

“March and April will be crucial,” CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said Tuesday during the Action for Health Alliance National Business Summit.

‘The fate of the pandemic from here really depends on our collective behaviors and our continued commitment to follow the public health measures that we know work to stop the spread of the virus: wearing well-fitting masks, avoiding traveling in crowds, social distancing and hand washing, “added the director.

And while the vaccine’s progress is encouraging, the country continues to face tough challenges, Walensky said, “including limited supply of vaccines, vacillation about vaccines, and the rise of myths and misinformation related to covid-19 vaccines.” .

Some States Expand Vaccine Eligibility

States are working to address these challenges and increase their vaccination efforts, in the hope that more vaccines will reach more people faster. This week, several state leaders announced that they would expand current eligibility requirements and allow more residents to get vaccinated.

Alaska went further by making vaccines available to everyone 16 and older living or working in the state, becoming the first state in the country to do so.

“With widespread vaccines available to all Alaskans living or working here, we will certainly see our economy grow and our businesses prosper,” Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy said in a press release.

Pfizer’s covid-19 vaccine is the only one available for use by people over the age of 16, while the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are only for people over the age of 18.

In Vermont, Gov. Phil Scott announced Tuesday that the state will allow anyone 16 and older with certain high-risk conditions to schedule an appointment to get vaccinated starting Thursday.

Dr. Mark Levine, the health commissioner, said that in an effort to make vaccine distribution more equitable, Vermont will allow household members accompanying eligible black, Indian, or people of color residents to clinic appointments. vaccinations also receive one starting next week.

In Louisiana, Governor John Bel Edwards also said Tuesday that people 16 and older with certain health conditions are now eligible to receive a vaccine.

“We came to this decision after hearing from our providers over the weekend that there is a bit of room in appointments and that they can and are ready to accommodate more people,” Edwards said.

“We have also had a very stable supply (of vaccines), especially from Moderna and Pfizer, so we feel comfortable with what lies ahead,” he added.

CDC Guidelines for Fully Vaccinated Americans Are Not Final

Meanwhile, the CDC announced a new guide for Americans who are already fully vaccinated. However, some experts said that measure falls short.

But those guidelines are not definitive, Dr. Anthony Fauci said in an interview with NPR. “In fairly rapid succession, I think we will see these guidelines updated,” he said.

Fauci said he is in constant communication with the CDC and that guidance will likely evolve as the agency works to respond to new information as it arrives.

“They have a large group of seasoned epidemiologists who are trying to make these decisions based on a combination of real data, which they collect in real time every day, with modeling studies, as well as a good dose of what we call time common sense. real, ”he added.

In its new guide, the CDC noted that its travel recommendations haven’t changed – the agency says people should postpone their travels and stay home.

The CDC told CNN on Tuesday that it could update the travel guide for the fully vaccinated when the science becomes clearer and more people are vaccinated against COVID-19.

“The CDC may update its travel recommendations for fully vaccinated people as more people get vaccinated and we learn more about how vaccines work in the real world. This is something we will be watching closely in the United States, “CDC spokesman Jason McDonald said in an email to CNN.

CNN’s Ben Tinker, Will Brown, Lauren Mascarenhas, Gisela Crespo, Jen Christensen, Christopher Rios, Andy Rose, and Kelsie Smith contributed to this report.


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