“We have to remember there are 100 million adults who have not been vaccinated,” White House senior adviser for Covid-19 response Andy Slavitt told CNN’s Chris Cuomo on Tuesday. “They’re not there yet, and you’re not going to win the war until you’ve brought everyone together.”
Some states are pulling back masking power and opening up the capacity to businesses, but Fauci said Tuesday that precautionary measures, while most Americans had not yet been vaccinated, were a mistake.
“It is ahead of the deadline to declare victory,” Fauci said. “We have to go ahead and stay there a bit longer, implementing public health measures.”
Fortunately, the United States still has the tools to go ahead even with tired citizens, Slavitt said, opening up access to vaccines and focusing on vulnerable groups, as the United States gives at least one shot of 80% of teachers and school staff amid the call. Crying for schools to open again could help the country continue to fight COVID-19, Slavitt said.
There are plans to reopen as the vaccinations increase.
While health experts warn that the fight against COVID-19 will not yet win, many states are reopening and other countries are planning to take action soon as well.
Lower infection rates, low hospitalizations and increased vaccinations are reasons why California can reopen, said state Minister of Health and Human Services Mark Ghaly.
By that time, Vermont government officials estimate that about 70% of state residents will have received at least one vaccine.
Several school districts are preparing to shift their plans out of the 101 largest school districts in the country.More than half of them offer full one-on-one options, although select remote families are still available.
The move comes from more than half of parents – 52% said they were more likely to get their children vaccinated against COVID-19 when a vaccine is available for their age group, according to the Axios Survey. New Ipsos issue published Tuesday.
Different species spurt
In the past week, five states accounted for about 44 percent of new COVID-19 cases, according to Johns Hopkins University.
Over the past seven days, there have been an estimated 453,000 new cases in New York, Michigan, Florida, Pennsylvania and nearly 198,000 New Jersey.
Michigan has the highest rates per capita and is the nation’s leader in terms of new cases, according to JHU.In addition to Michigan, Minnesota reports the highest new cases in the country, however, both states have high levels of vaccination, according to the director of the research center. And Infectious Disease Policy at the University of Minnesota, Michael Osterholm said.
The problem, he said, is that even the state is quick to vaccinate. But there are still many unvaccinated people to overtake the spread. And with more transmissible patterns, Osterholm said he was concerned that similar problems could arise on a much larger scale.
“I hope we will have another three or four months before the B.1.1.7 fluctuation current begins to occur,” Osterholm said.
What will life be like after the vaccination?
Experts and officials are debating how to follow up with vaccinations as life in the United States returns to normalcy.
Many experts are calling for a vaccine passport, a document on immunization status that could help more Americans reach public facilities and larger gatherings.
New York released the “Excelsior Pass” last month, the first state to do so, which gives residents access to events such as sports and concerts.
And in California, some businesses are exploring options to verify that their customers are vaccinated.
But in Texas, Gov. Greg Abbott issued an executive order Tuesday barring publicly funded organizations from needing evidence of vaccination for services or entrances, according to a disclosure from his office.
“The government should not require Texas to provide evidence of vaccination and disclose personal health information for their daily life,” Abbott said. “We will continue to do more vaccinations and protect people’s health. – and we will do so without treading on the personal freedom of the Code. “
In addition to the vaccination document debate, the United States has to fight “Long-term COVID”, a condition in which even relatively few patients may experience symptoms long after being infected, Osterholm said.
“It will be possible, I fear one issue in the legacy of this outbreak,” Osterholm said.
CNN’s Lauren Mascarenhas, Deidre McPhillips, Ashley Ahn, Jennifer Henderson, Michael Nedelman, Cheri Mossburg, Ryan Prior, Lauren del Valle and Elizabeth Stuart contributed to this report.