The race to vaccinate is on across U.S. as CDC director issues dire warning

Race to vaccinate continues as CDC director issues dire warning

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - The CDC director went off-script Monday to issue a warning of “impending doom.”

A fourth coronavirus surge is a real possibility, said CDC Director Rochelle Walensky.

This comes as the race to vaccinate as many people as possible continues every day.

“I’m going to reflect on the recurring feeling I have of impending doom, said Walensky. “We have so much to look forward to, so much promise and potential of where we are and so much reason for hope. But right now, I’m scared.”

CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky shared her concerns amid a coronavirus spike.
CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky shared her concerns amid a coronavirus spike.

First, the good news:

More than 143 million COVID-19 vaccine doses have been given in the United States and 15 percent of our population has now been fully vaccinated.

And a new study shows the vaccines are working as expected.

The CDC tracked nearly 4,000 health care workers and first responders.

Researchers found both Pfizer and Moderna vaccines were 90 percent effective at preventing infections. This includes asymptomatic infections.

[You can read more from the CDC on COVID-19 vaccines here.]

19 News recently spoke with Dr. Shanu Agarwal, chair of infection control at Summa Health, about concerning variants and tracking people in vaccine trials.

“That’s where we’re going to answer questions about variants. How long does the immunity last from the vaccines?” said Agarwal. “That’s why they’re tracking the initial participants. They’ll continue to track them so we’ll have that data available.”

Researchers still don’t know what role vaccinated people may play in spreading COVID-19.

But studies are underway right now to answer that question.

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