President Biden’s nominee for Surgeon General Vivek Murthy stated the new strains of the disease will require continued masking, social distancing, and better government tracking.
The new Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Dr Rochelle Walensky said that the US government including Pentagon is increasing surveillance of coronavirus variants to monitor their impact on Covid-19 vaccines and therapeutics. On Sunday, Walensky on Fox News Sunday said: “We are now scaling up both our surveillance of these and our study of these.” She added that CDC is working with other bodies including the Defense Department and the Food and Drug Administration, to monitor the variants.
President Biden’s nominee for Surgeon General Vivek Murthy on ABC’s This Week stated that achieving broad immunity against the coronavirus by the beginning of the school year in September is “an ambitious goal.” He also said that the new strains of the disease will require continued masking, social distancing, and better government tracking.
Murthy said: “It is going to take a lot of work.” He explained that many schools don’t have the resources to reopen just now and said that reopening schools will also require that the numbers of Covid cases drop, which will depend on focusing on the Biden’s administration’s goal of 100 million vaccines delivered in the first 100 days in the office.
Murthy said that the country has to invest a lot more in testing and contact tracing. He added that the variant strains of the virus has started to show up and “are likely to be more transmissible.” He stated that more data on deaths is required and that “the virus is basically telling us it is going to continue to change and we got to be ready for it.”