More than half of people in the United States, at least some 65, have been vaccinated against COVID-19, a senior adviser to President Joe Biden’s Covid-19 response team said Friday.
That puts more pressure on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to issue recommendations for what people can do safely after having a full vaccine.
In a media briefing on Friday, Dr. CDC Director Rochelle Valensky acknowledged the urgency and promised guidance soon.
“These are very complex issues and science is evolving very quickly,” she said. “The CDC is working to make sure the communications we publish about this guide are clear. To get what is right “
While vaccination rates rose sharply in the United States ̵1; more than 2 million doses were administered on Thursday – the number of new COVID-19 cases began to stop after weeks of continued decline., Walensky warned.
“The latest data shows that cases continue to fluctuate around 60,000 to 70,000 per day,” she said. The number of reported deaths each day has dropped to about 1,900.
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These numbers “It’s still too high,” Walensky said, “and it has now risen to a higher level than what we saw at the end of summer for more than a week.”
The latest data is of concern to health officials, particularly in some states including Texas and Mississippi, who have announced they will begin to loosen the veil regulations.
The slow decline in the case shows that the country is Dr. Anthony Fosi, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said during the briefing.
Meanwhile, the release of guidelines from the CDC on how fully vaccinated individuals can interact with other fully vaccinated people, expected to be published this week, have been delayed.
The CDC said it was working to simplify the advice and make it clear to the public. It is speculated that the recommendations could suggest that those who have received the full vaccination can be reunited indoors with the fully vaccinated person without a mask.
“I know the idea of wearing a mask for relaxation and getting back to daily activities is interesting. But we’re not there yet, ”Walensky said.
“I think the CDC took the time to make sure they were careful not to transcend science,” said Dr. Richard Basser, president of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and former acting director of the CDC. say
At the same time, Americans are desperate to be allowed to reconnect with their loved ones.
“I hope there is some changing advice so that fully vaccinated grandparents can hug their grandchildren,” added Besser.
Also on Friday, a new CDC report found that eating indoors in restaurants was associated with an increase in both Covid-19 patients and deaths from Covid-19.
The study looked at the effects of eating and drinking on site.
“The daily increase in COVID-19 patients and deaths increased rapidly within 40 to 80 days after restaurants were allowed to return to on-site meals,” Walensky said.
She added what these findings were. In addition to Texas and Mississippi, Iowa, Montana and North Dakota are in the process of ending their face-masking rules.
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According to the CDC, more than 54 million people in the United States have received at least one shot of the Covid-19 vaccine. The number is expected to grow significantly in the coming months, as Biden said Thursday the country should have enough vaccines for all eligible adults by the end of May.
Additionally, on Friday, the administration announced two stadiums would serve as federal Covid-19 vaccination facilities: Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta and Wolstein Center in Cleveland.
Both sites are expected to have at least 6,000 vaccinations per day.
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