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Covid-19 is likely to be a problem "for the next few winters," says England's chief medical officer

February 23, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Covid-19 is likely to be a problem for the next few winters -- despite vaccination programs -- the chief medical officer for England, Chris Whitty, said during a news conference Monday.

By Helen Regan, CNN

From CNN’s Vasco Cotovio in London

Covid-19 is likely to be a problem for the next few winters -- despite vaccination programs -- the chief medical officer for England, Chris Whitty, said during a news conference Monday.

The chief medical officer for England said that other respiratory diseases, for which there are vaccines, still cause a significant number of deaths every year -- and so will Covid-19

From CNN's Holly Yan and Christina Maxouris

That's more than the number of Americans killed in World War II.

Nationwide, the rates of new Covid-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths are declining.

The number of patients hospitalized with Covid-19 has fallen for the 40th day in a row, according to the COVID Tracking Project.

As numbers of new cases and hospitalizations go down, however, reports of highly contagious variants go up.

Where the US stands on vaccinations:

More than 44. 1 million Americans have received at least one dose of their two-dose vaccines, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

About 19. 4 million have been fully vaccinated.

But the US will likely be caught up by the middle of this week, said Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

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