Ashish Jha, White House response coordinator for COVID-19, said on Sunday that the country would have to attack the growing number of coronavirus cases announced in recent days with “care and caution. ”
In an interview on State of the Union (CNN), the official clarified that although infections grew in the recent week, the country should be calm given the massive vaccination applied in recent months.
Unfiltered. “We would have reacted to this differently a year ago. Cases are still important, infections are still important, we want to keep those infection numbers down, but they mean something different now than they did a year ago, Jha said in the interview broadcast on Sunday, April 24.
- “They mean something different because people are vaccinated and boosted, they mean something different because we have so many more therapies available,” he added.
- According to Jha, “we are going to have to change our behavior and respond differently as the pandemic evolves.”
- Despite everything, he commented that the country must respond to the current situation “with care and caution, but without overreacting.”
Translated into numbers. According to figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), cases of COVID-19 in the country have shown a steady increase. By Friday, the federal agency confirmed 66,000 infections across the nation.
- Faced with the answers for the smaller population, the White House official announced that next week he expects Moderna to present an application for the approval of its vaccine for children under five years of age.
- He noted that scientists (from the Food and Drug Administration) will evaluate the data related to the effectiveness of the injection before announcing their decision.
- For Anthony Fauci, the White House’s chief medical adviser, the vaccine for children under five could be approved in June.
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