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Officials are hopeful the US is getting closer to the end of the pandemic. But there are road bumps ahead

February 22, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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As the US prepares to hit a devastating new milestone -- half a million Covid-19 deaths -- officials say the country is also edging closer to the end of its brutal battle against the virus.

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear said Sunday the state saw its sixth straight week of declining Covid-19 cases, saying in a Twitter video message there is a "bright light in front of us," with the help of vaccinations.

With variants threatening another uptick in Covid-19 cases and vaccination numbers still too low to have a meaningful impact on the pandemic's course, how the next months unfold will largely depend on how Americans act, the IHME team said.

"With new, more contagious variants of the virus circulating throughout the U. S. , now is not the time to let your guard down and scale back on the measures that we know will work to prevent further illness and deaths -- wearing masks, practicing physical distancing, and washing hands," a joint statement said.

Even as Americans are getting vaccinated, face masks will continue to play an essential role in helping curb the spread of the virus -- and therefore lowering the chances of even more mutations.

Fauci told CNN Sunday the US is currently sticking with the vaccine schedule that is backed up by data from clinical trials.

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