“We may be done with the virus, but clearly the virus is not done with us.” That was the message from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Rochelle Walensky, MD, MPH, today during a White House COVID-19 briefing. Citing the rising prevalence of B117 cases across the country, Walensky said that despite positive, downward trends in new cases, now is not the time for Americans to let down their guard against the novel coronavirus. “Ten percent of cases are now B117, up from 1% to 4% a few weeks ago,” Walensky said. What the nation needs to prevent a fourth spike of viral transmission due to B117, Walensky said, is mass vaccination, which is “imminent.”

 

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