WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States cannot count on the availability of a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine, the government’s chief infectious disease expert said on Tuesday and urged the Americans to work together to fight the virus that spreads in large parts. from the country.
California, Texas and many other states have reported a record increase in the number of new and sometimes fatal illnesses caused by the new coronavirus, which has led to a moderate reassessment of US efforts to contain the pandemic.
“It is extremely important to have safe and effective vaccines for everyone in this country,” said Dr. Anthony Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases, to a committee of the United States Senate.
Fauci added, however, that “there is no guarantee … that we will have a safe and effective vaccine,” and urged the Americans to come together to contain the virus.
His remarks were consistent with warnings from health officials that some Americans, particularly young adults, have lowered their guard since the end of the mandatory blockages put in place in March and April to end the pandemic.
There are fears that the recent spike in cases will turn turbo later this week through July 4 celebrations, when Americans traditionally flock to beaches and campgrounds and gather to watch fireworks.
More than 126,000 Americans have died from COVID-19 and millions have lost their jobs. The economy contracted sharply in the first quarter and is expected to crater during the April-June period.
COVID-19 cases more than doubled in June in at least 10 US states, including Texas and Florida, a Reuters report said.
Los Angeles, the second largest city in the United States, has become a new epicenter of the pandemic as coronavirus cases and hospitalizations pour in despite orders by California governor Gavin Newsom to require bars to close and residents wear masks in almost all public spaces.
Los Angeles County reported nearly 3,000 new cases on Monday.
The reverse overshadowed the hope that the worst of human and economic pain would have passed for the country and renewed criticism of how President Donald Trump handled the crisis less than five months before his re-election.
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden will launch a new attack on Trump’s “historic mismanagement” of the pandemic later Tuesday, said an aide who previewed his speech and spoke on condition of anonymity.
Biden will argue that earlier Trump action would have reduced the number of people who fell ill and the economic impact of the virus.
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