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Half of US adults could have a Covid-19 vaccine dose by the weekend, but experts say it's too soon to declare victory

April 7, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Residents wear protective masks while waiting to be vaccinated at a West Virginia United Health System Covid-19 vaccine clinic in Morgantown, West Virginia, U.S., on Thursday, March 11, 2021. Thanks to a quick repurposing of West Virginia's National Guard network, long in place to respond to frequent flooding and other state emergencies, as well as long-established local pharmacies with strong community ties and a robust state-wide vaccine telephone hot-line, the state quickly shot to among the top ranked states for per capita inoculations, just behind Alaska. Photographer: Justin Merriman/Bloomberg

The US is on track to vaccinate half of all adults by the weekend with at least one Covid-19 shot, according to a White House adviser, but that does not mean the country is finished with the pandemic.

President Joe Biden has set the goal for every state to open vaccination to all adults who want them by April 19, a task that is becoming easier as the supply and accessibility of vaccines increases, Slavitt said.

Opening vaccine accessibility and focusing on vulnerable groups, as the US did to give 80% of teachers and school staff at least one shot amid calls for school to reopen, can help the nation continue to fight Covid-19, Slavitt said.

Falling infection rates, low hospitalizations and rising vaccinations are reasons why California can reopen, state Health and Human Services Secretary Mark Ghaly said.

The moves comes as just over half of parents -- 52% -- said they are likely to get their children vaccinated against Covid-19 when a vaccine becomes available for their age group, according to results of a new Axios-Ipsos poll released Tuesday.

Along with Michigan, Minnesota is also reporting some of the highest new cases in the country, however both states have high levels of vaccination, director for the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota Michael Osterholm said.

The problem, he said, is that although the states are vaccinating quickly, enough people still haven't been vaccinated to outpace the spread.

In addition to vaccination documentation debates, the US will also have to contend with "long Covid," a condition in which even patients with relatively mild illnesses could suffer symptoms long after their infection, Osterholm said.

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