CDC chief warns of 'impending doom' as Covid cases surge

The worrying signs come despite the fact that more than a third of American adults have now received at least one Covid-19 shot. Around 50 million people are fully vaccinated, according to Andy Slavitt, the White House’s senior advisor on Covid-19 Response.

“It will be a race between a vaccine and the dynamics of the outbreak,” said Anthony Fauci, White House chief medical officer.

The details: Walensky has been warning of the apparent plateau of the pandemic in the US for the past few weeks, as infections have been around 50,000 a day. On Monday, she said the average for the past seven days is now between 60,000 and 70,000 new cases per day, a 10 percent increase indicating an increase.

Deaths, which lag behind new cases and hospitalizations, rose 3 percent in the past week.

What’s next: Walensky said she will speak to governors this week about her reopening plans to make it clear that she believes some have lifted restrictions early – although states that have the highest infection rates are not all of them, according to the CDC website their plans have relaxed rules.

Biden government officials on Monday did not establish any new policy measures beyond urging Americans to remain cautious and abide by CDC guidelines. Walensky also warned that people should avoid unnecessary travel.

“I think people want to cope with this,” she said, adding, “What’s different this time is that because of the level of vaccination, we actually have it in our power to do it.”

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