Washington – Dr Anthony Fauci, chief medical adviser to President Biden, said on Sunday that the number of vaccine doses available will increase sharply in the coming weeks after federal approval of a third coronavirus vaccine.
“We must gradually move back [on restrictions] as we get more and more people vaccinated, and it happens every day, more and more people, and especially as we get more and more doses, which are going to be drastically increased as we are entering April and May, ”Fauci said on“ Face the Nation ”to reduce mitigation.
The Food and Drug Administration has now cleared three COVID-19 vaccines for emergency use, with the most recent, the Johnson & Johnson single-dose vaccine, given the green light last week.
The United States now administers at least 2 million shots per day and 87.9 million doses have been administered, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Mr Biden predicted that by the end of May there will be enough vaccines to cover all adults, while Fauci said high school students will likely be able to receive their vaccines by the fall term and elementary school students by the first term of 2022.
Fauci said as the supply of vaccines increases, the federal government “will have to make a big effort to get it into people’s arms.”
“But at that point, we’re going to do a lot, a lot better,” he said. “We are going to have community vaccination centers, vaccines in pharmacies.”
As the number of new coronavirus cases in the United States has fallen sharply in recent weeks, public health officials warn the country has reached a plateau of between 60,000 and 70,000 new infections per day, which , according to Fauci, is “not an acceptable level”.
This leveling comes as some states like Texas and Mississippi have started lifting mask warrants and relaxing other restrictions designed to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus against advice from federal public health officials.
Fauci said the nation was “going in the right direction,” but stressed that the mitigation measures should be reversed slowly and cautiously as more Americans are vaccinated.
“Don’t turn this switch on and off because it would be really risky to have a new push again, which we don’t want because we’re peaking at a pretty high level,” he said. declared.
As the number of Americans who have received their vaccines continues to increase, the Biden administration has yet to release guidelines on the activities of those who have been fully vaccinated.
But Fauci said those CDC guidelines are expected to be released “shortly” in the coming days.
“Every day that passes that we keep a lid on things will get better and better because we are now putting 2 million vaccinations on people’s arms every day, and as the days and weeks go by, you have more. in addition… protection, not only of individuals, but of the community, “he said.” So we are moving in the right direction. We just need to stay a little longer. “