Dr Anthony Fauci, the country’s foremost expert on infectious diseases, said he was confident that mass vaccination efforts in the United States would prevent a fourth wave “explosion” of coronavirus cases.
“As long as we continue to vaccinate people effectively, I do not think it will happen,” Fauci told MSNBC’s Morning Joe on Tuesday.
‘That does not mean we still do not want to see an increase in cases.’
Vaccinations can be set to increase the rate even further. On Tuesday, President Biden announced that state deadlines for universal vaccine eligibility would be moved up two weeks, from May 1
The Chief Executive Officer is also expected to announce that more than 150 million doses have been administered since the inauguration day on 20 January.
This means that the country is on track to meet Biden’s new target of 200 million gunshots on the 100th day of office, April 30, following an original target of 100 million shots towards the end of the first 100 days.
Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), added that it will remain to be seen whether state relaxation measures will only lead to an uptick in cases or if it will ‘explode into a real wave’.
But he reiterated: ‘I think the vaccine will prevent that from happening.’
Deaths in the United States are currently low with 607 COVID-related deaths reported on Monday and a seven-day rolling average of around 783, the lowest number recorded since October 28, according to a DailyMail.com analysis of data from Johns Hopkins University.
Meanwhile, new cases of coronavirus in America rose for the third week in a row, even as vaccinations continue to increase across the country.
Dr Anthony Fauci told Morning Joe on Tuesday (pictured) that he is confident that the mass vaccination campaign in the United States will prevent a fourth wave of coronavirus cases.
U.S. deaths remain low at 607 reported Monday and a seven-day moving average of around 783, the lowest number recorded since October 28.
Meanwhile, new cases of coronavirus in the United States increased for the third week in a row, increasing by 5% to a weekly sum of more than 450,000, with 79,075 infections registered on Monday.
On average, about three million American adults are vaccinated every day, with a one-day total of four million over the weekend
Infections rose five percent to a weekly total of more than 450,000 last week, and on Monday, health professionals recorded 79,075, the fourth time in the last two weeks that daily cases have nearly hit or exceeded 80,000.
In addition, nearly half of U.S. states, a total of 23, report an increase in new cases, according to Johns Hopkins data.
It comes as Michigan reported a record number of cases of coronavirus about a month after relaxing restrictions, and Nebraska recorded the highest number of infections in nearly two months.
In addition to increasing cases, hospital admissions are also increasing.
The average number of COVID-19 patients in hospitals rose four percent to more than 37,000 in the week ending April 4, breaking an 11-week series of declining hospitalizations, Reuters found.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), infections among young people may be behind the wave.
‘When we have worked with states and understood their individual outbursts among younger people,’ Walensky said. ‘I want to emphasize that this is among 18 to 24 year olds where we see peaks in cases.’
States in the Midwest in particular are seeing the hardest hit, including Michigan.
On Monday, Michigan reported a record number of cases of coronavirus to top the daily count among U.S. states.
Officials registered 11,082 cases of COVID-19, surpassing a previous daily peak of 10,140 hits on November 20, bringing the total case load to 779,974.
This makes The Great Lake State the only state to report more than 7,000 new infections on Monday.
Michigan is currently the worst-affected U.S. state in terms of new cases and hospitalizations per 100,000 people in the week to April 5.
After a number of other states, Michigan began loosening restrictions on gatherings by increasing the capacity of gyms, restaurants, pubs, shops and entertainment venues in March.
Around the time the restrictions were eased, the state reported 1,800 new infections a day. During the seven days to April 5, the average has risen to over 6,700 cases a day.
The relaxations are set to last until 19 April.
Currently, nearly half of U.S. states – a total of 23 – report an increase in cases, according to Johns Hopkins data
On Monday, Michigan recorded a record 11,082 cases of COVID-19, surpassing a previous daily peak of 10,140 on November 20.
In Nebraska, the seven-day moving average has also risen 114% in the past two weeks, from 243 cases per day on March 21 to 522 on April 4.
Data in Alaska show a 57% increase in the seven-day rolling average from 140 per day on March 21 to 220 per day on April 4
Michigan is not the only state to see an increase in cases. In Nebraska, officials recently registered more than 1,300 cases, the highest number since Feb. 13.
The seven-day rolling average has also risen exponentially over the past two weeks from 243 cases per day on March 21 to 522 on April 4, according to Johns Hopkins data.
This represents an increase of 114 percent.
In addition, according to government data, the number of people hospitalized with the virus has increased xx percent from 113 on March 21 to 148 on April 5.
And the number of people hospitalized with the virus in the state has crept up to 148 in the past week after reaching the bottom of 102 on March 29.
Governor Pete Ricketts attributed the increase to a mix of state dating new cases and an increase in variants, especially the British variant known as B.1.1.7.
“One is probably the variants we know are more transferable, so that’s probably part of it,” Ricketts said during a news conference Monday.
‘The other thing we know is that we pick up more codes to capture more of the testing and more of the positives.’
States in the west are also seeing an increase in cases, such as Alaska.
The seven-day rolling average of new cases has risen 57 percent over two weeks, 140 per day on March 21 to 220 per day on April 4, according to data from Johns Hopkins.
The current number of cases is around 20 per 100,000 people.
Officials say the pace of vaccinations is slowing, although qualification is open to those aged 16 and over.
‘This is the core of where we are right now with this pandemic. “We need to get people vaccinated,” state epidemiologist Dr. Joe McLaughlin told the Anchorage Daily News.
According to the CDC, 107.5 million Americans – 32.4 percent of the population – have received at least one dose and 62.3 million – 18.8 percent – have received at least both doses.
An average of around three million adults are vaccinated every day, with a one-day total of four million over the weekend.
That puts the United States on track to achieve herd immunity – with 75 percent of the population vaccinated – in July.
According to the CDC, 107.5 million Americans – 32.4% of the population – have received at least one dose and 62.3 million – 18.8% – have received at least both doses