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Here's how close the US is to a possible Covid-19 surge, expert warns

March 8, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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People gather on a beach in Miami, Florida, U.S., on Saturday, March 5, 2021. Even with some colleges canceling their mid-semester breaks, students from more than 200 schools are expected to visit Miami Beach during spring break, which runs from late February to mid-April. Photographer: Eva Marie Uzcategui/Bloomberg

The US is in the "eye of the hurricane" right now, according to epidemiologist Michael Osterholm.

After months of devastation, it appeared things were heading in the right direction with officials reporting several weeks of steep declines in Covid-19 cases and lowered hospitalization numbers.

Vaccination numbers are still not high enough -- and won't be high enough in several weeks' time -- to help suppress the predicted surge, experts warned.

On Sunday, Reeves defended his decision, saying that trying to entirely rid the state of Covid-19 cases would be an unrealistic goal, and the Covid-19 numbers officials were concerned about had all decreased.

Health officials say a more appropriate time for states to begin easing restrictions would be when daily Covid-19 cases are way down -- "considerably less" than 10,000, according to Dr. Anthony Fauci -- and vaccination numbers are way higher.

Andy Slavitt, a senior adviser to the White House Covid-19 response team, said on MSNBC Sunday there will be more than enough vaccines produced for every adult by the end of May. The President also said last week the US will have enough vaccines for every adult American by the end of May -- speeding up the administration's previous goal by two months.

"We'll have enough vaccines, I think we said for 300 million Americans," Slavitt said Sunday.

And the country's high school students could be vaccinated by the fall, according to Fauci, while younger students will likely have to wait a little longer.

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