On Wednesday, the new head of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggested that the death toll from COVID-19 in the US will exceed 500,000 by February 20.
CDC Director Rochelle Walenski, during the new administration’s first official briefing on the pandemic, said that over the next three weeks, the total death toll in the United States from the pandemic could reach the range of 479 to 514 thousand people.
President Joe Biden has pledged to regularly provide evidence-based evidence to a public increasingly frustrated by the slow pace of vaccinations.
Walenski’s prediction of an increase in mortality was made after the chief curator of the US administration for the fight against coronavirus, Jeff Zyents, said that the US Department of Health and Human Services is working to ensure that as many medical professionals as possible can vaccinate.
Zyents said the government will allow retired doctors and nurses to vaccinate. In addition, medical professionals licensed in one state will be able to vaccinate in other states.
Pandemic Relief Bill
Zyents also said Congress should approve Biden’s COVID-19 Assistance Bill to maintain the pace of vaccinations and expand testing capabilities. He stressed that the administration is working towards Joe Biden’s stated goal of 100 million vaccinations in the first 100 days of his presidency.
Much of Biden’s $ 1.9 trillion coronavirus plan, which some Republican lawmakers say is too costly, aims to help revitalize an economy seriously weakened by the fallout from the pandemic.
Around $ 400 billion is being spent on measures to contain the spread of the virus, including a sharp increase in vaccination rates and the creation of infrastructure for wider testing.
The briefing on Wednesday was also attended by the deputy head of the CDC Rochelle Walenski-Andy Slavitt, infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci and the chair of the COVID-19 task force Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith.
“The White House respects science and will follow its guidelines, and scientists will speak independently,” Slavitt said.
According to the Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Center, the United States continues to lead the world in both the number of coronavirus cases (nearly 25.5 million confirmed cases) and the number of deaths (over 426,000 cases).