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There is no end in sight, however, for the United States’ fight against the coronavirus. Cases and hospitalizations are on the rise again as a key vaccine is still pending. In Los Angeles, residents lined up at a super site for a vaccine.
“Getting the vaccine is important to enjoy simmering the virus,” a resident told CBS News.
Adding to the anxiety, a smaller supply of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine pauses after six rare cases of blood clots.
Dr Anthony Fauci said CBS News ‘«Face the Nation“Sunday that the vaccine could return to arms after the CDC reviewed it on Friday.”
“One of the possibilities would be to bring them back, but to do it with some form of restriction or some form of warning,” Fauci told moderator Margaret Brennan.
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With the spread of COVID variants, new infections are averaging around 70,000 per day – roughly the same as the peak in summer 2020. Over the past week, 34 states have reported an increase in hospitalizations linked to COVID, according to Johns Hopkins. Michigan, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and New Jersey see the worst.
More deaths have been reported in the United States than in any other country. Globally, the number of deaths since the outbreak began in Wuhan, China more than a year ago is greater than the population of Chicago and equivalent to Dallas and Philadelphia, combined. It is roughly equal to Kiev, the Ukrainian population and the metropolis of Lisbon, according to the Associated Press.
With more people traveling and states easing restrictions, America increasingly appears to be fighting the virus with vaccines.
Nurse practitioner Tarik Khan brings the remaining doses home from Philadelphia, trying to keep the injections from going wasted.
“Getting the extra doses to the people who needed them was really the golden ticket,” he said.
Starting Monday, every adult in the United States will become eligible for the COVID vaccine.
Peter Martinez contributed to this report.