Washington – Dr. Anthony Fauci, President Biden’s chief medical adviser, said Sunday that the number of vaccine doses available will increase dramatically in the coming weeks following federal approval of a third coronavirus vaccine.
“We need to gradually retreat [on restrictions] As more people get vaccinated, and that is happening every day, more and more people, and particularly as we receive more doses, which will increase dramatically as we get to April and May, “Fauci said in” Face the Nation “to reduce mitigation measures.
The Food and Drug Administration has now authorized three COVID-19 vaccines for emergency use, with the most recent, Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose injection, getting the green light last week.
The United States now administers at least 2 million injections a day and 87.9 million doses have been administered, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Biden has predicted that there will be enough vaccine supply to cover all adults by the end of May, while Fauci said high school students will likely be able to receive their vaccinations for the fall term and elementary students by the first quarter of 2022. .
Fauci said that as the supply of vaccines increases, the federal government “will have to go to great lengths to get it into the arms of the people.”
“But by then, we will be doing much, much better,” he said. “We are going to have community vaccine centers, vaccines in pharmacies.”
While the number of new coronavirus cases in the U.S. has dropped dramatically in recent weeks, public health officials are warning that the nation has hit a plateau of between 60,000 and 70,000 new infections per day, which Fauci said. which is “an unacceptable level”.
That leveling off comes as some states like Texas and Mississippi have begun removing mask mandates and loosening other restrictions designed to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus against the guidance of federal public health officials.
Fauci said the nation is “going in the right direction,” but stressed that mitigation measures must be reversed slowly and carefully as more Americans are vaccinated.
“Don’t flip that switch on and off because it would really be risky to have another surge again, which we don’t want to happen because we are stagnating at a pretty high level,” he said.
While the number of Americans who have received their vaccinations continues to grow, the Biden administration has yet to release a guide on activities for those who have been fully vaccinated.
But Fauci said those CDC guidelines should come out “imminently” in the next few days.
“With each passing day that we keep the lid on, things will get better and better because now we are putting 2 million vaccines in people’s arms every day, and as the days and weeks go by, you have more and more protection, not just from people, but from the community, “he said.” So we are heading in the right direction. We just have to hold out a little longer. “