It’s only a matter of time earlier than the extremely contagious UK COVID-19 variant wreaking havoc around the globe surges in the US, a number one epidemiologist warned Thursday.
“This B.1.1.7 surge is going to happen. It’s not an issue of if. It’s going to happen,” Michael Osterholm, head of the University of Minnesota’s Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, said on CNN’s “New Day.”
“And if you follow what’s happened in the past year, the upper Midwest and Northeast lights up first. They have the first set of cases and the southern Sunbelt states light up next,” Osterholm stated.
“Even though we’re seeing a few cases in that area, mark my word, in the next six to eight weeks, we’re going to see that area light up, too. We need to get more vaccine out. That’s the key message right now,” he added.
The extra transmissible and probably deadlier variant has been discovered in 49 states, Puerto Rico and Washington, DC, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The skilled stated the US must be targeted on getting first vaccine doses to as many individuals as attainable now.
Once there are extra vaccines available in the summer time, the nation ought to dole out second doses, Osterholm added.
“I’m telling you right now … we are just beginning to surge. Denying it is not going to help us. We are walking into the mouth of this virus monster as if somehow we don’t know it’s here. And it is here,” he stated.
“Now’s the time to do all the things that we must do to slow down transmission, not open up, and we got to get more vaccine out to more people,” the epidemiologist added.
His feedback come a day after Pfizer stated its vaccine was 100% efficient in a examine of kids aged 12 to fifteen.