- The US is confident it will have the pandemic under control by spring 2022.
- “If we get through the winter, I think we could do it in the spring of 2022,” Fauci said.
- There is still work to be done, since many still reject vaccination and because it is necessary to control the impact of the delta variant.
The US is confident that it will have the Covid-19 pandemic under control by spring 2022, although of course, to achieve this, it will have to increase the vaccination rate and keep the increase in people infected by the delta variant at bay.
On Tuesday, Anthony Fauci, the US government’s chief epidemiologist, said in an interview with NBC News: “If we get through the winter, I think we could get there in the spring of 2022.”
The US is confident it will have the pandemic under control by spring 2022
Although Fauci foresees that the United States can ‘defeat’ the coronavirus by spring 2022, he acknowledges that achieving that goal is “in the hands” of the Americans. Especially because many still reject vaccination and because it is necessary to control the impact of the delta variant, which came to cause a spike in hospitalizations.
Even so, it is expected that more and more citizens are vaccinated and it is that this Monday the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued its final authorization for the application of the pfizer vaccine. The same is expected to happen soon with the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines.
There are still people to be vaccinated
The immunization doses of Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson have been administered with a provisional authorization that the FDA granted to pharmaceutical companies in view of the health emergency that Covid-19 generated in the country.
According to data from the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF), 30% of US citizens who have not yet been vaccinated will have said that they would consider doing so when the vaccines received final authorization from the authorities, Fauci said.
Pressure people to get vaccinated
Fauci hopes that now that the vaccines will be approved in their entirety, companies and public entities feel more “enthusiasm” to ask their workers for proof of vaccination. In fact, following clearance for immunization with Pfizer, Biden has asked employers to require their employees to be vaccinated.
For their part, this Monday, the city of New York and the state of New Jersey reported that they will require proof of vaccination for public sector employees and that in the case of public schools they would require it for teachers and campus employees.
Companies demand vaccination
Some companies are already pressuring their employees to get vaccinated. Such is the case of Disney World, which has reached an agreement with the unions to demand vaccination of 40,000 workers, the EFE news agency reported.
The CVS pharmacy chain gave its pharmacists until November 30 to be immunized. Chevron will require vaccinations for personnel traveling abroad and some of its workers in the Gulf of Mexico.
Delta variant ‘on the attack’
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), so far, the United States has vaccinated more than 171 million citizens, out of 320 million who reside in the country. This is no more than 51.5% of the population.
Still, the arrival of the aggressive delta variant prompted many to get vaccinated. On Tuesday, Jeff Zients, the White House response coordinator for covid-19, said that since mid-July the vaccination rate has increased by 70%. In July, a daily average of 450,000 people received their first dose, far more than the 260,000 who were vaccinated daily in June.
Children without vaccination until the end of 2021
Although the delta variant is severely affected to minors, Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), said that children under 12 years of age will remain without being able to receive any vaccines probably until the end of 2021.
“I have to be honest, I don’t see an endorsement for 5-11 year olds before the end of 2021,” Collins noted in an interview on NPR public radio. However, Pfizer and Moderna continue to investigate.
Biden asked employers to require vaccines after full approval from Pfizer
There would be no more excuses not to get vaccinated. Now more emphatically, Biden asked employers to require the Covid-19 vaccine from their employees, after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced on Monday its full approval for the vaccine. Pfizer and BioNTech vaccine is given to Americans aged 16 and over, he reported CBS News.
This is the first Covid-19 vaccine to receive full FDA approval, and health officials hope the new status will encourage more people to get vaccinated in complete safety, the media said Monday night.
Following FDA announcement, Biden asked employers to be tough on their workers
“If you are a business leader, a nonprofit leader, a state or local leader who has been waiting for full FDA approval to require vaccinations, I ask you now to do so, to demand it. Do what I did last month, require your employees to get vaccinated or face strict requirements, ”Biden said after the FDA’s decision was announced.
According to the CBS News report, the US military is making the vaccine mandatory for active duty troops, and the federal government requires employees to get the vaccine or get tested regularly. The US is confident it will have the pandemic under control by spring 2022.
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