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According to Sanjaya Senanayake, who is an infectious diseases specialist, there are 70 countries that are implementing vaccination programs right now. However, the entire world will not reach an adequate level of vaccination until 2027.
“At the current rate of vaccination, it is estimated that we won’t reach global coverage of 75 percent with vaccines for about six years,” the doctor said.
This slow rate of vaccination, coupled with more contagious strains, creates a grim picture going forward.
“The higher transmissibility means that people who were previously at low risk of catching [the virus]…are now catching it and ending up in [the] hospital,” said Dr. David Strain, of the University of Exeter Medical School.
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According to the latest data, there are over 93,000 new cases of the virus each day. That number falls about 22% below the infection rate reported a week ago.
Some officials are beginning to relax their mask mandates as this number falls, and more vaccines are distributed. The governors of Montana and Iowa will not require masks anymore, beginning this month. North Dakota lifted its mandate in January.
But the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention doesn’t believe this is a good idea.
“We still have 100,000 cases a day. We still have somewhere between 1,500 and 3,500 deaths per day,” said Dr. Rochelle Walensky. “If we relax these mitigation strategies with increasing transmissible variants out there, we could be in a much more difficult spot. Now is the time to not let up our guard. Now is the time to double down.”
Every 10 days, the number of cases of the B.1.1.7 strain of the virus doubles in this country.
“We need to get our communities back to some normal functioning before we can start thinking about letting up our mitigation strategies,” she said.
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