US Coronavirus: US Have Potential to Overcome Pandemic, But Big Challenge Lets Us, Expert Says

Tens of millions of Americans have not yet started their vaccinations, National Institutes of Health director Dr. Francis Collins on Wednesday to CNN, and “a lot of those people are still not sure if they want to participate in this great opportunity. This virus is behind us.”

“We really need to figure out how to get the messages out there so that those who are still in doubt get the information they need to see why this is really something they would want to do.”

But experts say the US needs much higher levels of vaccination to keep the virus in check.

“If we want to get past this terrible pandemic, most of us have to be immunized. Otherwise, the virus can go on and on,” Collins said.

According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, so far about 40.5% of the U.S. population has received at least one dose of Covid-19 vaccine and about 26.4% has been fully vaccinated.
One dose of Covid-19 vaccine is discarded for every 850 administered, data from the CDC

And efforts are being made – federal, state, and local – to push those vaccination rates up.

“I think our effort is shifting, and it’s shifting to younger people who just don’t think about Covid that much,” Andy Slavitt, the White House’s senior adviser on the response to Covid-19, told CNN.

In Maryland, Governor Larry Hogan announced a new “all-hands-on-deck” effort to ensure that any resident who wants a shot can get a shot as quickly as possible, including seniors and college students.

“We’re really close to that light at the end of the tunnel. Those of you who haven’t been vaccinated yet, please go get a vaccine ASAP. Do it for yourself, do it for your family, do it for your friends,” and do it so that we can all leave this global pandemic behind, ”Hogan said in a statement.

People will receive their second dose of the vaccine on April 20, 2021 at a mobile Covid-19 vaccination clinic in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

Hundreds of Americans die every day

While many government leaders point out that the end of the pandemic is near, the Covid-19 figures in the US are still high.

According to data from Johns Hopkins University, an average of more than 62,900 Covid-19 infections were reported daily in the past week.

The US vaccinates millions of Americans every day.  But here's why Covid-19 cases and hospitalizations are over
More than 43,000 Americans are hospitalized with the virus, according to the Department of Health & Human Services.

And hundreds of Americans lose their lives every day. In the past week alone, the US reported more than 4,900 Covid-19 deaths.

In Washington state, Covid-19 cases are on the rise in most counties and hospital admissions are on the rise, with a sharp increase in the number of young adults hospitalized, said Dr. Umair Shah, the Secretary of State for Health.

And most counties have also discovered variants, Shah said.

“Good news (is) that two-thirds of people over 65 have been fully vaccinated and more than half of people over 50 have had one dose of # COVID19 # vaccine,” Shah said on Twitter. “The bad news is that as close as we turn the corner, we’re starting to see a fourth wave and people have to wait a little longer.”
Variants also helped spark a violent wave in Michigan, and officials say the sooner the country gets more guns, the more we reduce the likelihood of dangerous tensions fueling further spikes.

A new study highlights the importance of vaccinations

For those fully vaccinated, the risk of still getting Covid-19 – described as “breakthrough infections” – remains extremely low, a new study suggests.

Of the 417 Rockefeller University employees who were fully vaccinated with the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, only two later had breakthrough infections, according to the study.

Only 2 "breakthrough" infections in hundreds of fully vaccinated people, new study finds

The researchers found that variants with several differences from the original virus caused breakthrough infections.

“We have characterized bona fide examples of vaccine breakthroughs as clinical signs,” they wrote. on efforts to promote a new vaccine booster (as well as a pan-coronavirus vaccine) to provide better protection against variants. “

Another study looking at infections in nursing homes in Chicago found that most fully vaccinated residents were not infected with the virus, even after someone tested positive in the same facility.

Among the nearly 8,000 residents and nearly 7,000 staff who received two doses since December, there were only 22 breakthrough infections among the fully vaccinated, according to the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report published Wednesday.

Two-thirds of those breakthrough cases were asymptomatic. Two residents were hospitalized and one of those residents died, the CDC said. The person who died had three underlying conditions, the agency added.

CNN’s Rebekah Riess, Jen Christensen, Jacqueline Howard and Jenn Selva contributed to this report.