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The US may never reach herd immunity. It may not need to

May 4, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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People receive the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine at the UMass Memorial Health Care COVID-19 Vaccination Center in the Mercantile Center in Worcester, Massachusetts on April 22, 2021. - The center has the capacity to do 600 vaccinations a day and has vaccinated 20,000 people so far as the US celebrates 200,000,000 doses in the US this week. (Photo by Joseph Prezioso / AFP) (Photo by JOSEPH PREZIOSO/AFP via Getty Images)

Covid cases are down. Deaths are down. States are opening up. Governors are getting creative to encourage younger Americans to get the shot -- with $100 checks or beer.

Vaccinations have been the key to bringing US case counts down, according to experts and there are coming changes in how vaccinations will be allocated and who will be eligible.

The White House announced Tuesday a new, more ambitious goal to get 70% of US adults at least one vaccination shot by July 4 and 160 million people -- half the country -- fully vaccinated by then.

56% of the adult population has one shot and 40% -- about 105 million people -- are fully vaccinated.

She issued new Covid restrictions and told young people it's their responsibility to get vaccinated.

Democratic New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy even announced the state also plans to offer a free beer to anyone over the age of 21 who shows their completed vaccination card at thirteen participating breweries throughout the state.

Here's Wen on the danger of too few people getting vaccinated now, when cases are down, particularly since the virus is mutating and changing in places where it is running rampant.

"What I really worry about is that those people who are already on the fence don't get vaccinated (and) we don't reach herd immunity come the fall," she said over the weekend.

Vaccinating so many people would be nearly impossible; this particular virus spreads too rapidly; more contagious variants threaten to make vaccines less effective; there are entire countries and pockets of the US that have few fully vaccinated people; there are vaccine access and equity issues; children are not yet vaccinated; and about a quarter of the population is hesitant or unwilling to get vaccinated.

Most people will still be able to get back to their pre-pandemic lives if case numbers continue to fall, Dr. Ashish Jha, dean of the Brown University School of Health, told CNN on Monday.

Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis signed an order Monday to make it impossible for local governments in the state -- where about 27. 5% of the population has been vaccinated -- to implement their own restrictions, arguing the falling case counts and deaths mean restrictions are no longer necessary.

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