Daily US Times: As the United States may miss a vaccination goal set by President Biden for July 4, officials are warning against complacency and states are ramping up measures to encourage reluctant residents to get a coronavirus vaccine.
The US was averaging just more than 1m Covid-19 vaccine doses administered per day as of Friday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data shows. That’s down from a peak average in early April of 3.3m per day.
Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Dr. Anthony Fauci said Friday that the best way for the country to avoid coronavirus surges and further economic pain is to get vaccinated.
At an event hosted by US Health and Human Services, Fauci said: “It ain’t over ’til it’s over — and it is not over yet.”
He said that complacency could lead to “another surge — particularly with variants floating around — that could set us back to the time when we had to shut down things.”
Communities and regions with low vaccination rates still may be prime candidates for Covid-19 outbreaks, experts have said, and could pose risks not just for unvaccinated adults, but also for children who are not yet eligible to be vaccinated or just became eligible.
Dr. Abdul El-Sayed, former health commissioner for Detroit, said Saturday that ”because the virus mutates, “I worry about not just (unvaccinated) people continuing to be vulnerable to infection, but what the nature of those infections may be as we’re seeing new variants come online.”
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