WASHINGTON – President Biden, facing an increase in cases of coronovirus around the country, called on governors and mayors on Monday to reinstate masked mandates, with a potential as director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention The fourth boom warns of “doom”. Ubiquitous epidemic.
The director of the CDC, Drs. He appeared to be shedding tears just hours after the President’s remarks by Rochelle Wallensky, as he appealed to Americans to “stay a little longer and hold” and continue to follow public health advice, such as wearing masks and social balance, the virus Curb the spread of
Back-to-back appeals reflect a growing sense of urgency among top White House officials and government scientists that the chance of winning the epidemic, now in its second year, may slip from its grasp. The incidence of coronavirus virus and hospitalization is increasing as troubles in the northeast increase.
“Please, this is not politics – restore the mandate,” said Mr. Biden, “The failure to take this virus seriously is exactly what we got in this mess for the first time.”
According to a database in the New York TimesThe seven-day average of new virus cases as of Sunday was approximately 63,000, equivalent to the average level at the end of October. It was 54,000 a day two weeks ago, an increase of over 16 percent. Dr. Wallensky said that there has been a major increase in the spread of Kovid-19, a similar upheaval in Europe.
Public health experts say the nation is in the race between the vaccination campaign and new, worrying coronovirus variants. Although more than one in three American adults have received at least one shot and about one-fifth have been fully vaccinated, the nation is far from reaching a so-called herd immunity – tipping on a virus outbreak The point is slow because so many people, estimated at 70 to 90 percent of the population, are immune to it.
But states are increasingly expanding access to greater amounts of the vaccine. On Monday, at least six – Texas, Kansas, Louisiana, North Dakota, Ohio and Oklahoma – made all adults eligible to be vaccinated. New York Said all adults will be eligible starting April 6.
Mr. Biden said Monday that the administration is taking steps to expand vaccination eligibility and access, including opening a dozen new mass vaccination centers. He directed his coronovirus response team to ensure that 90 percent of Americans would have no one five miles from the vaccination site from April 19.
The president said the dose was now sufficiently high that nine out of 10 adults – or more – in the nation would be eligible for a shot by that date. A White House official said he had called on states to broaden eligibility for all adults by May 1 in all states.
But this Dr. There was a raw display of the spirit of Valenzki that seemed to capture the anger of this time. Barely three months into his new job, the former Harvard Medical School professor and infectious disease specialist admitted that he was departing from his finished script during a routine Coronavirus briefing at the White House.
He reported that while he experienced last year that he experienced a “feeling of nausea” while caring for patients at Massachusetts General Hospital, he noticed the corpses of Kovid-19 victims, which had overflowed from the morgue. She recalls how he stood – “famous, gloved, masked, shielded” – in the patient’s room until the last time they died alone, without a family.
Dr. Wallensky said, “I’m asking you to stop for a while, get vaccinated when you can.” He said the nation had “such a great reason for hope”.
“But right now,” he said, “I’m scared.”
In nine states in the past two weeks, virus cases have increased by more than 40 percent, the Times database shows. Michigan Leading the way with a 133 percent increase, and the Northeast has also seen a significant increase in virus cases. Connecticut 62 percent jump in the last two weeks, and New York And Pennsylvania Both reported an increase of over 40 percent.
MichiganThe increase has not been made for any one event, but Epidemiologists have Significantly, cases started to increase in the state on 1 February after restrictions were relaxed for indoor food and other restrictions were lifted in January. Other Hot Spots Included North dakota, Where there was an increase of about 60 percent in cases, and Minnesota, Where cases have increased by 47 percent. Of those states, North Dakota is currently without a mask mandate.
The wave of new cases comes at a time when some promising news arrives: The findings of last year’s clinical trials were confirmed in a CDC report released on Monday The vaccines developed by Modern and Pfizer were highly effective against Kovid-19. Report good It is documented that vaccines work to prevent both symptomatic and asymptomatic infections “in real-world situations.”
The researchers followed about 4,000 health care workers and essential workers starting in December. They found 161 infections among unskilled workers, but only three of them received two doses of the vaccine. The study also suggested that the single dose was 80 percent effective until two weeks after infection occurred. Studies are ongoing to determine whether those vaccinated can still transmit the virus to others, although many scientists consider this unlikely.
The pace of vaccination continues. Seven Day Average of Vaccines There were 2.76 million hits on Monday.According to the data reported by the CDC, the pace increase of the previous week, on Sunday alone, was about 3.3. White House epidemic advisor Andy Slavitt said that millions of people were vaccinated.
The wider eligibility pool should be further expanded, with more than three dozen states now allowing all adults to sign up for shots by mid-April.
Minnesota will be open to all adults on Tuesday and in Connecticut on Thursday. Florida has reduced the eligibility age to 40 and Indiana has reduced it to 30.
At the same time, health officials are on the rise in some states due to the rise of Kovid. Similar growth many weeks ago in Germany, France and Italy has now turned into major outbreaks, Drs. Said Valensky.
“We know the journey is over, and I’m just concerned that we’ll see the boom rising again in summer and in winter,” she said.
As his presidency enters the third month, Mr. Biden is still fighting some battles initiated by his predecessor, who turned the masked act into a political statement. As he took office, Mr. Biden used his executive authority to enforce the facade requirements where he was on federal property. And he urged all Americans to “mask” for 100 days.
But some governors, especially in more conservative states, ignored it. When the governors of Mississippi and Texas announced this month that they would lift their masked mandate, Mr. Biden Condemned the plans As a “big mistake” that reflects “Neanderthal thinking”.
In Texas, the decline can be reversed in recent cases. although Times Database It shows that coronovirus infections have dropped by 17 percent in the last two weeks, deaths have dropped by 34 percent and hospitalizations have dropped by 25 percent, with the average of new-day coronovirus infections being 3,774 on Sundays. Was. Last Wednesday, the average case count was at a low of 3,401.
“There is something particularly difficult about this moment,” Dr. Joshua M. Scharfstein, a former top Food and Drug Administration officer who now teaches at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. With more and more Americans vaccinated and the ability to bring the epidemic into sight, they said that “it seems that every case is unnecessary.”
Dr. Valensky, who has issued several warnings in recent weeks about the need to wear masks and maintain social disturbances, said he planned to talk to governors on Tuesday about the risks of removing the ban prematurely.
“I know you all want to be done so badly,” she said. “We’re almost there now, but not yet.”
Eileen Sullivan Contributed to reporting.