The vaccination rollout for COVID-19 is unfolding in many countries of the world, and the imminent outcome is here: fewer infections than before. Although it’s a long road until the end of the pandemic, the decrease in COVID cases has triggered the attention of experts.
Worldometers.info reveals that there were only slightly over 63,000 cases of infections in the US only yesterday, February 16. The country hasn’t reported under 100,000 COVID cases over a span of 24 hours since last year in November.
The US could be on the path of ending the pandemic
Only in the US there were over 56 million COVID vaccine doses given to the population, according to Bloomberg. Under such conditions, Dr. Richard Besser, who is the former head of CDC, has some interesting things to say. The YouTube channel Good Morning America reveals an interview with Besser:
Otherwise, the US remains the most affected country on the planet by the COVID-19 pandemic. With a reported number of over 28.43 million infections and a death toll that surpasses 500,000 souls, according to worldometers.info, the US will still have a lot to deal with the ongoing pandemic. There are also over 18,000 COVID patients from the US in serious condition, but there’s also some good news: over 18.4 million patients were recovered, meaning about 97% of those infected with COVID.
New concern arises when it comes to the new UK strain of COVID (known as B.1.1.7), as we’ve written in a previous article. The new variant could be up to 70% deadlier, according to a new assessment released by British government scientists.
One of the new study’s official statements was:
These findings show that B.1.1.7 will likely become the dominant variant in many US states by March 2021, leading to further surges of COVID-19 in the country, unless urgent mitigation efforts are immediately implemented.