Dr. Rochelle Walensky, CDC director, has a warning for anyone who will listen:
NEW: CDC Director Walensky on rising US coronavirus cases and hospitalizations:
"Right now, I'm scared … I so badly want to be done, I know you all so badly want to be done. We are just almost there, but not quite yet, and so I'm asking you to just hold on a little longer." pic.twitter.com/hYnjOSmXqK
— NBC News (@NBCNews) March 29, 2021
She says we’re where France, Germany and Italy were a few weeks back: on the cusp of a spike in infections. She also says we have the power to prevent that. She’s right. Via CNN:
“I think we’re investigating some of these outbreaks at the local level, with individual states. I think that we are seeing that many of these states are opening up at levels that we wouldn’t necessarily recommend. I am working with the governors,” Walensky said. “I will be speaking with them tomorrow to try and buckle down on trying to refrain from opening up too fast.”
“The thing that is different this time is that we actually have it in our power to be done with the scale of the vaccination and that will be so much slower if we have another surge to deal with as well,” she added.
Good luck with that, doc. I’ll be shocked (in a good way) if Americans take a lesson from the experience of other countries. Blazing our own trail of stupidity is the American way.
In other “so close” news, President Biden is set to announce that 90% of all U.S. adults will be eligible for vaccination in three weeks. So. Damn. Close.