Vaccinating people only long-term solution to India's COVID-19 crisis: Fauci

Vaccinating people only long-term solution to India's COVID-19 crisis: Fauci

The situation is dire in India as the country continues to report large surges in positive cases.

Roughly 58% of U.S. adults - and almost 46% of the country's total population - have received at least one Covid-19 vaccine dose, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

President Joe Biden wants 70 per cent of adults in the U.S. to have received at least one shot of the Covid-19 vaccine by the July 4 Independence Day holiday. The U.S. had opposed the waiver, along with pharmaceutical companies, which are concerned about the precedent it would set.

"But I think there's no doubt. that we are and have been undercounting". "They can scale up". You've got to get that. "They've really just really done something that is really quite impressive in the way they've gotten their vaccine supply up and out for the rest of the world".

"I hope that next Mother's Day, we're going to see a dramatic difference than what we're seeing right now".

In New Jersey, Governor Phil Murphy launched a "Shot and a Beer" programme to encourage vaccination, while in West Virginia Governor Jim Justice announced that the state will offer US$100 savings bonds to residents aged 16 to 35 who get inoculated. The country's health care system is teetering on the edge of collapse as hospitals are overcrowded and much-needed medical supplies are in low supply.

"You've had experts like the former head of the (Food and Drug Administration), Scott Gottlieb, say it's time to start relaxing the indoor mask mandates". You know we've had practically a non-existent flu season this year, merely because people were doing the kind of public health things that were directed predominantly against COVID-19. "I mean, if we get, which we will, to the goals that the president has established, namely if we get 70 percent of the people vaccinated by the Fourth of July, namely one single dose, and even more thereafter, you may see blips".

"We know the virus spreads very well indoors", CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said last month, arguing the agency would only further relax indoor mask recommendations after new daily cases were below 50,000.

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