Good News! FDA Official Says COVID-19 Pandemic Could Be 'Dramatically Better' By Summer
Although COVID-19 is spreading more rapidly than ever, the U.S. may be approaching the light at the end of the tunnel.
An official from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is forecasting that in the coming months, things could quickly improve, even going so far as to say that the situation will be "dramatically better" by this summer.
Dr. Paul Offit, a member of the FDA's Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee, told CNN he sees several reasons for that forecast: a new presidential administration focused on increasing vaccinations, warmer weather, and new vaccine formulations — all of which will help the nation build up immunity in the fight against the virus.
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Two "remarkably effective" vaccines are already being administered to Americans, and two more vaccines from different manufacturers "are right around the corner," Offit noted.
Dosing increases will need to occur, however. He added that if the U.S. can achieve dosing 1 to 1.5 million Americans a day, that will lead to about 55-60% immunity.
If that happens: "Then I really do think by June we can stop the spread of this virus," he stated.
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President-elect Joe Biden, who will take oath on Wednesday, has already pledged to tackle a modified vaccine rollout very different from the efforts put forth by predecessor Donald Trump's administration, which he called a "dismal failure."
Biden rolled out plans for his COVID-19 relief package in a national address on January 14, which included an aggressive vaccination plan dedicated to stemming the spread of the virus.
With a $416 billion price tag, the plan is admittedly ambitious, but Biden asserted, "We will move heaven and earth to get more people vaccinated."
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More data needs to be collected regarding the vaccine's long-term effect on children, but Biden also pledged to get kids back in schools within the first 100 days of his presidency.
Offit approves of Biden's plans, saying that the new president isn't in a "cult of denialism" and is prepared to "take this problem head on."