COVID-19 Fallout: US Faces ‘Dark Weeks Ahead’, Incoming CDC Head Warns

The US stays the worst-hit nation concerning the persevering with coronavirus pandemic, with virtually 24 million folks contaminated, and greater than 397,000 deaths, in response to Johns Hopkins University.

Rochelle Walensky, the incoming director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has warned of “dark weeks ahead” as regards COVID-19, though she remained upbeat a few vaccine’s efficacy in containing a brand new pressure of the virus.

In an interview with CBS News’ Face the Nation on Sunday, Walensky, who was picked by President-elect Joe Biden to move the CDC in December, stated that the well being company “expects half a million deaths” within the US by the center of February.

AP Photo / Susan WalshDr. Rochelle Walensky, who has been chosen to function director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention speaks throughout an occasion at The Queen theater in Wilmington, Del., Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2020, to announce President-elect Joe Biden’s his well being care group

“That doesn’t speak to the tens of thousands of people who are living with a yet uncharacterised syndrome after they’ve recovered. And we still yet haven’t seen the ramifications of what happened from the holiday travel, from holiday gathering in terms of high rates of hospitalisations and the deaths thereafter,” she added.

The CDC chief then received right down to the difficulty of a brand new variant of COVID-19 which is reportedly a minimum of 50 % extra contagious than the current virus that’s spreading within the UK, US, South Africa and Brazil.

According to her, the CDC “has had indications” that the brand new variant of COVID-19 “probably” doesn’t evade the vaccine though additional research are wanted to take a look at the strains popping out of the pressure from South Africa, Brazil and Nigeria to find out the vaccine’s efficacy.

On the difficulty of a greater system of surveillance to detect a  new pressure of the virus,  Walensky stated that one of many issues she is  “really going to advocate […] is to make sure that [the US] has the resources for our public health system so that we can do the surveillance that is necessary for that testing.”

When requested if there are any manufacturing downside with the vaccine, she admitted that “there are bottlenecks in different places across the entire system”.

The remarks got here a few days after a brand new CDC report revealed {that a} new variant of COVID-19, often called B.1.1.7, might develop into the predominant pressure within the US by March, because the virus is quickly spreading throughout the nation.

The report singled out roughly 76 circumstances of B.1.1.7, which have been documented within the US since 13 January, stressing that “taking measures to reduce transmission now can lessen the potential impact of B.1.1.7 and allow critical time to increase vaccination coverage”.

As of Sunday, the variety of confirmed coronavirus circumstances within the US had soared to 23.9 million, with over 397,000 fatalities, in response to the most recent scenario report by Johns Hopkins University.


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