Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, was asked by Dana Bash on CNN’s State of the Union on February 21, 2021, if grandparents who were fully vaccinated could see their grandchildren now. The doctor refused to answer the question. Instead, he responded that he would soon be sitting down with his team to see what restrictions they felt comfortable lifting. He promised an end to some of the most stringent limits soon.
500,000 People Have Died From COVID in the U.S.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention says that the United States death toll from COVID stands at 500,000 people. The Biden team claims to be working hard at getting even more vaccines into the hands of states which can then distribute them according to their state plan.
How Many People Have Been Vaccinated?
As of February 22, 2021, only 5.7% of people living in the United States have been fully vaccinated, while 13.1% had received the first dose. The two vaccines approved for emergency use both require two doses given about a month apart. Leading the way is Alaska, where 20.8% of the population had received at least the first dose. Following Alaska are New Mexico, South Dakota, North Dakota, and Connecticut. The CDC says there may be up to a five-day delay in reporting numbers.
Is the COVID Vaccine Effective?
Medina and Pfizer claim that if a person gets both vaccinations, they have about a 95% chance of not getting COVID. According to studies published in the New England Journal of Medicine, the vaccine does not become effective until about 12 days after receiving the second dose.
The study also found that people could still get COVID, although they are protected from the worse symptoms. Once protected, they can also pass it on to others.