US top infectious disease expert, Anthony Fauci, has warned that the United States risks another COVID-19 surge.
While issuing the warning on Saturday April 3, 2021, Fauci stated that there are two key things the US can do to prevent more infections, more hospitalisations, and more deaths.
“A, you keep pushing down and doubling down on public health measures, and B, you do whatever you can to get as many people vaccinated as quickly and as expeditiously as possible,” he said.
On the vaccine front, the US has been doing “extremely well,” Fauci said.
Citing the data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CNN reported that the country reported a new record over the weekend with more than four million COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in 24 hours.
According to Johns Hopkins University, as many as 30,672,830 people have detected positive for the COVID-19. The death toll in the country stands at 554,779.
“A record reporting day!! +4.08M doses reported administered over the total yesterday,” Dr Cyrus Shahpar, the COVID-19 Data Director at the White House, wrote on Twitter.
But despite the record pace of vaccinations, there are not enough Americans vaccinated yet to control the spread of the virus, experts warn. So far, about 31.4 per cent of Americans have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and only 18 per cent of the population is fully vaccinated, CDC data shows.
That’s why experts urge continued safety measures for now.
Earlier, Fauci also warned that a new wave of COVID-19 infections could be on the way while urging former President Donald Trump to tell his supporters to be vaccinated.
More than 101 million doses of the vaccine have been administered in the US so far; however, President Joe Biden, had pledged that all American adults would be eligible to receive the vaccine by May 1.