At the same time, the agency emphasizes the need to maintain the pace of vaccination and compliance with preventive measures.
The head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Dr. Rochelle Walensky, said that, according to current forecasts, the number of cases of coronavirus in the country would continue to decline and sharply decrease by July, if the vaccination rate remains high and people continue to comply with basic prevention measures.
Speaking at a press briefing, Walensky said the projections are based on a study released by the CDC on Wednesday. The study used model-based data to show what could happen if current vaccination rates were maintained and prevention measures, such as the use of masks and social distance, were followed.
According to Walensky, disease statistics across the country continue to reflect favorable trends: the average daily number of new cases decreased by 12 percent to 42,494 per day, and the number of hospitalizations decreased by 9.5 percent. According to her, the average daily death rate also decreased by almost one percent.
At the same time, Walensky noted that the models could not accurately account for the emergence of new COVID-19 strains. The data shows that existing vaccines work well against the most common variants, so it is important to vaccinate as many people as possible.
Andy Slavitt, the senior adviser to the White House COVID-19 working group, announced that anyone in the United States could send a text message with their zip code to the GETVAXED number and get information about three nearby vaccination sites. By using this number, people can find out where to get exactly the vaccine that seems most suitable to them.
You can also use the text message service to find out how to get to the vaccination site free by using the shared travel service. Those who do not have access to mobile devices or the Internet can get information by phone. Slavitt explained that all these measures are aimed at achieving the goals announced on Tuesday by President Joe Biden. The president wants 70 percent of all Americans to receive at least one dose of the vaccine by July 4, and 160 million to be fully vaccinated. As of Tuesday, just under 45 percent of the population had received at least 1 vaccination, and 32 percent, or more than 106 million Americans, were fully vaccinated, according to the CDC.