The US is currently facing a massive decline in the number of infections and deaths caused by the COVID-19 disease, but it may be too early for Americans to open the champagne. The vaccination campaign in the world’s hardest-hit country by the pandemic is unfolding pretty fast, as 311 million vaccine doses were given so far, according to Bloomberg.
As CNN reveals, one expert considers that the urgency to continue the COVID vaccination campaign in the US is far from over.
Vaccination could be needed for years
Dr. Paul Offit, who is a member of the US Food and Drug Administration’s Vaccine Advisory Committee, released the grim prediction:
We are going to need to have a highly vaccinated population for years if not longer. This virus is going to be circulating in the world for a long time.
As each of us knows by now, the coronavirus spreads rapidly across the planet, and the recent mutation known as the Delta variant that emerged in India makes the virus even more transmissible. Until now, vaccines have shown that they are effective against the new variant, but even so, experts warn that widespread immunization is a ‘must’.
Until now, according to worldometers.info, there are over 177 million COVID infections across the planet. About 3.8 million infected people died because of the coronavirus, while over 161 million patients had been recovered. In the US alone, there had been over 34.3 million infections and more than 615,000 deaths. Fortunately, over 28.4 million COVID patients had been recovered, meaning about 98% of the total number of infections from the US.
Some data reveals that the COVID vaccines developed by Pfizer and Moderna, which both are relying on the same mRNA technology for creating immunity against the coronavirus, can remain effective after six months since their administration.