'Impending doom': Shaken CDC director 'scared' about another surge of COVID-19

Katie Ramirez
March 30, 2021

"We know from prior surges that if we don't control things now, there is a real potential for the epidemic curve to soar again", Rochelle Walensky, MD, director of the CDC, said during a press briefing on Friday.

So far, the CDC has reported more than 8,300 cases of the variant in the United States - and the agency has previously said the number only represents cases that have been found with the help of genetic sequencing. "I so badly want to be done, I know you all so badly want to be done, we are just nearly there but not quite yet", she said. "I, too, want to be done with this", she said.

Dr. Scott Gottleib, a former commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, said in a tweet Sunday that MA is among the states that represent the "greatest concern".

Looking directly into the camera, she stressed that she was speaking "not only as your CDC director, but as a wife, as a mother, as a daughter, to ask you to just please hold on a little while longer".

Walensky pointed to an uptick in travel and loosening virus restrictions for the increase in cases.

Last week, Walensky noted that seeing another surge in cases was completely "avoidable", given that the vaccination rate in the U.S.is expanding every day.

Among seniors, 73% have now received at least their first dose.

Housing advocates had urged the Biden administration to extend the moratorium, which was poised to expire on March 31, warning that millions of Americans who are still reeling financially from the coronavirus pandemic could be evicted. On Thursday, the USA set new single-day record for shots in arms: more than 3.2 million.

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The US reached 100,000 COVID-19 deaths by the end of May 2020. In an interview for a CNN documentary airing Sunday, Dr. Fauci's boss National Institutes of Health director Dr.

Biden announced that by April 19 at least 90% of the adult USA population would be eligible for vaccination - and would have access to a vaccination site within 5 miles of home.

The White House announced two new federally-run mass vaccination sites in communities identified as high risk: one in St. Louis and the other in Gary, Ind.

"Our efforts to vaccinate Vermonters is a race against what the virus does best: move easily from person to person", Levine said.

Officials also discussed the latest in terms of vaccine "passports" like those proposed in the European Union and announced in NY, that would offer proof that a person has been vaccinated or tested negative for the coronavirus.

The variant is more contagious and may likely be associated with more severe disease, Fauci has previously said.

An interagency process is now under way with requirements for equitable and free access, data privacy and security, and availability in multiple languages. White House Covid-19 Data Director Dr. Cyrus Shahpar said Friday the seven-day average of vaccine doses administered was 2.62 million a day.

"We do know that there is a segment of the population that is concerned that the government will play too heavy-handed of a role in monitoring their vaccinations", said White House COVID-19 adviser Andy Slavitt. We can change this trajectory of the pandemic.

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