3 abril, 2021

The Race to Vaccinate

The United States recently administered a record 3.38 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine in a single day. As of April 1, 2021, nearly 154 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in the United States, with over 56 million people having been fully vaccinated. We now have three historic, safe, and effective vaccines being administered across the country at a rapid pace, and more vaccines are in the works. A new CDC study shows that COVID-19 vaccines are effective at preventing COVID-19 infections and serious COVID-19 illness. Once fully vaccinated, a person’s risk of infection is reduced by up to 90%.

However, we are also seeing an increase in COVID-19 cases, including cases from new and emerging COVID-19 variants of concern. These variants of concern are mutated versions of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and have the potential to cause COVID-19 to be more severe, spread more easily between humans, require different treatments, or change the effectiveness of current vaccines.

Scientists continue to learn how the vaccines protect people from variants. Until most of the U.S. population is fully vaccinated, consistent use of public health prevention strategies, such as universal and correct use of masks, social distancing, hand washing, and vaccination, will help to limit the spread of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Even if you have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, you should keep taking these everyday precautions in public places.

The race to vaccinate people and contain the virus is underway. The actions we take today determine how long it will take to stop the virus and end the pandemic…..


Créditos: Comité científico Covid


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