Despite declining deaths, many Americans still live their lives in a frustrating gray area at a time when only approx. 30% of the population is fully vaccinated. The potential return to normality seems so tantalizingly close. Yet many parents still struggle with the distractions of working from home with children under their feet – desperate for students to get all the way back to school.
White House Covid-19 Response Coordinator Jeff Zients noted Friday that the U.S. shipped its 300 million dose this week, but stressed once again that the pace of vaccinations would “moderate and fluctuate” amid reports of declines in vaccinations in some areas. Faced with persistent questions from journalists about the dwindling demand for vaccines, he and his colleagues stressed their intensifying focus on making it easier for busy and home-bound Americans to get shots while fighting vaccine misinformation to get more people vaccinated.
“It is not unexpected as we entered this next phase that there will be more balance between supply and demand,” Zients said during Friday’s Covid-19 task force briefing. “It makes it even more important that we make it easier for people to get vaccinated, that we continue, as (Surgeon General) Dr. (Vivek) Murthy talked about, building vaccine trust and ensuring equality.”
“What’s unexpected is how quickly we got here,” Zients added. “We know this next phase will not be easy, but none of them came to 220 million shots in arms in the first 100 days.”
‘Flood zone with accurate information’
Overall, about 63% of Americans said they would like to return to their regular routines in the CNN poll; 32% said they would not and 4% said they have already done so.
The ability of Americans to return to their daily rituals will surely depend on the government keeping pace with vaccinations. Most researchers say that between 70% and 85% of the population must be protected against either antibodies to natural infection or vaccination to get to the point where the spread of the virus can be stopped, which is called herd immunity.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said Friday that the White House’s approach to combating this kind of misinformation about vaccines would be to “flood the zone with accurate information.”
Psaki told reporters that the White House is investing $ 3 billion in public campaigns across the country, a combination of funding for paid media and social media, as well as money for local programs that can leverage the influence of trusted community leaders to persuade Americans. to be vaccinated.
Pressure to reopen
Even as the pace of vaccinations slows, governors and mayors of both red and blue states are under pressure to have their finances reopened. Biden has said he hopes Americans can meet in small groups to celebrate July 4th.
“People are being vaccinated and fighting Covid, and it works,” de Blasio said when asked to respond to Cuomo’s comments. “They are ready for a comeback.
When Rochelle Walensky, CDC director, was asked whether a reopening on July 1 was too early for New York, CDC director Dr. Rochelle Walensky in the White House press release Covid-19 Friday that officials remain focused on “getting people vaccinated and lowering the rate.”
“If we can continue at this pace, rates fall, vaccinations rise, then I think July 1 would be a reasonable target,” she said.
But when she was pressured on this question – whether Americans, for example, still wanted masks in restaurants and arenas indoors – she said she did not want to predict what the nation’s life would look like at that time.
“This virus has fooled us before,” she said.