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Here's why we can have some hope about the pandemic

January 14, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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The US keep breaking records in the coronavirus pandemic. The latest: 3 million new cases in the first two weeks of the year.

Vaccines, spring weather and, surprisingly, the high number of infections all offer cause for optimism, Dr. Paul Offit, director of the Vaccine Education Center at the Children's Hospital in Philadelphia and a member of the US Food and Drug Administration's Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee, said Wednesday.

There's still a lot of work to do to get the vaccination program up and running," Benjamin said.

Two more vaccines -- from Johnson & Johnson and AstraZeneca -- "are right around the corner," Offit said.

"The weather will get warmer, when the weather gets warmer, that makes it much more difficult for this virus," Offit said.

"The virus will find it harder to move around between person to person, especially when people are doing activities outdoors in the summer," Adalja said.

Another reason for optimism is that huge number of Americans who likely have been infected and now have some immunity to the virus, Offit said.

The numbers of people who have been infected are probably closer to 65 or 70 million, Offit said.

If another 55 to 60% of the population can be vaccinated -- something that Offit said can be done at a million to a million and a half doses a day -- "then I really do think that by June we can stop the spread of this virus. "

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