COVID NYC Update: New York Could Be “Completely Out Of This In 6-8 Weeks”: Health Officer

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NEW YORK CITY (WABC) – New York celebrates another milestone in the battle against COVID-19, as a New York health official said the city “may be completely out of this situation within six eight weeks after a very aggressive vaccination. ”Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that the city had distributed more than 4 million doses.
4,058,854 total doses were administered, more vaccines than the total population of Los Angeles. De Blasio says he was very excited about it. “We will start to compare with the populations of the states because we have no more cities to compare,” he said.

The mayor’s adviser, Dr Jay Varma, hopes the city “can be completely out of this situation within six to eight weeks of a very aggressive vaccination.” Varma says it’s only if people “double up” on precautions and don’t let go now.

“Unfortunately, we are not seeing the declines that we want to see, so we remain very concerned,” Varma warned.

De Blasio also said he was concerned about the possibility of a fourth wave in the city, but the rapid pace of vaccinations gives him hope.

He again called some state decisions such as college fitness classes and indoor athletics “premature.”

“What I would continue to say is that some of the decisions made by the state are worrying,” the mayor said. “I think some of them are premature. Fitness classes were certainly an example. I am concerned about the decision they made regarding indoor athletics for colleges. We think athletics should focus on outdoor activities for the foreseeable future as we see how the variations happen, so I think there are decisions that take that a little too quickly in areas that are just premature. That would be my concern. ”

Meanwhile, de Blasio says the city “is hearing good things about April supply levels and the truly extraordinary supply in May.”

“It tells me that between May and June it will be easier and easier for people to get vaccinated,” he said. “Where do we get to the point where we get more shots than people wanting it?” I do not know yet. I hope the reluctance will continue to decrease, and as the supply increases, more and more people are getting vaccinated. More and more people know of people who are getting vaccinated. It went well, the hesitation has subsided, there is always another person to give a chance. I have a feeling this will continue all summer. ”

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