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CDC director: Now is not the time to relax COVID-19 restrictions

Posted On: Apr 23, 2021   |   Posted By: WGN TV

CDC director: Now is not the time to relax COVID-19 restrictions

WASHINGTON, DC - The White House COVID-19 Response Team is gearing up to send a third manufacturer's vaccine to the states as early as next week.
The FDA appeared ready to authorize the Johnson & Johnson single-dose shot during an all-day review Friday. The company said it will provide 20 million doses by the end of March and 80 million more by June.
“This is our path out,” said CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky during the team's briefing Friday.
Walensky stressed another vaccine couldn't come at a better time, following the highest peak of the pandemic in the U.S.
“Cases, hospital admissions and deaths all remain very high,” she said.
The U.S. recently surpassed more than half a million deaths. Dr. Anthony Fauci warned the more infectious mutation of the virus from the U.K. may become the most dominant strain in the U.S. by the end of March.
“Viruses will not mutate if you don't give them the opportunity to spread and replicate,” Fauci said.
The Biden administration announced Friday it is asking...

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