CDC Director Fears 'Impending Doom' If U.S. Opens Too Quickly

The CDC urged public officials and others to spread the word about the seriousness of the situation in an effort to prevent a fourth surge

The CDC urged public officials and others to spread the word about the seriousness of the situation in an effort to prevent a fourth surge

Meanwhile, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, head of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, with emotion in her voice, urged public officials and others to spread the word about the seriousness of the situation in an effort to prevent a fourth COVID-19 surge.

"What we've seen over the last week or so is a steady rise in cases, we're now in the 60 to 70,000 range", Walensky said. "I know you all so badly want to be done", Walensky said.

"If you look from week to week, 1.1.7 becomes more of a percentage (of U.S. cases) and as the percentage goes up, that's a reflection that it has the capability to become dominant (in the country)", Dr. Anthony Fauci added during Friday's briefing.

A top USA health official made an emotional plea for people to "hold on a little longer" with measures to stop the coronavirus, admitting she felt a sense of "impending doom" as data showed the country tipping into another wave.

Walensky noted that the CDC has added substance use disorders to its list of underlying conditions that can increase the risk of severe COVID-19 or death.

Many states are lifting restrictions at levels the CDC wouldn't recommend, Walensky said.

"We are vaccinating the country as quickly as humanly possible", Slavitt said, noting that the USA has averaged 2.7 million vaccinations a day over the last week.

In a message to the American public, Walensky said, "I'm asking you to just hold on a little while longer, to get vaccinated when you can, so that all of those people that we all love will still be there when this pandemic ends".

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Later Monday, Biden addressed the nation from the White House, declaring, "If we let our guard down now, we can see the virus getting worse, not better. It will be a race between the vaccine and what's going on with the dynamics of the outbreak, and we can win this by just hanging in there a bit longer". On Sunday, that number stretched higher still: 3.28 million vaccinations.

So far roughly 15.1% of the U.S. population is fully vaccinated - meaning not enough Americans are yet protected to suppress the spread of the virus through herd immunity.

About 2.6 million doses are being administered each day.

Biden worked hard to try to instill the same kind of fear of the virus as there was so many months ago, and to encourage people to get vaccinated.

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

Psaki said the Biden Administration would work to ensure that all vaccination credential systems met key standards such as universal accessibility, affordability and availability, both digitally and on paper.

"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", he said. "In point of fact, it would discourage people, to feel like that was the role we're playing".

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