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April 5, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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The US has hit "category five hurricane status" with the pandemic as the Midwest approaches a fourth wave of cases, Michael Osterholm, University of Minnesota Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy director, said Sunday.

(CNN)The US has hit "category five hurricane status" with the pandemic as the Midwest approaches a fourth wave of cases, Michael Osterholm, University of Minnesota Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy director, said Sunday.

"At this point, we will see in the next two weeks the highest number of cases reported globally since the beginning of the pandemic.

The state reported 8,413 new Covid-19 cases on Saturday, its highest tally since December 7, according to health officials.

Osterholm's dire warning comes amid good news for the US vaccine rollout -- the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported a record number of shots over the weekend with more than 4 million doses administered in 24 hours.

A: Initial evidence suggests immunity from vaccination against coronavirus provides long-lasting protection, but vaccine makers have begun making and testing versions of their shots that protect against worrying variants.

The latest report from Pfizer shows people in South Africa who got its coronavirus vaccine after B. 1. 351 became the dominant circulating virus were still very strongly protected from infection -- something that backs up laboratory experiments that have shown the vaccine causes such a strong and broad immune response that it provides a cushion against any effects of mutant viruses.

But only about 18. 5% of Americans are fully vaccinated and the new B. 1. 1. 7 variant could spell trouble for younger groups that haven't yet been inoculated.

The country recorded 103,558 new cases on Monday -- the highest single-day figure since the beginning of the pandemic.

The government hopes the "Covid-status certification" scheme will allow those who are vaccinated, have had a recent negative test or a positive test within six months to return to theaters, football matches, cinemas and other events.

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