“If by the time we get to the fourth of July, with the launch of the vaccine, we get such a low level of infection, I won’t be able to tell you exactly what the specific U.S. guidelines (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) are, but I can tell you for sure (the guidelines) will be much more liberal than they are right now about what you can do, “he told Jake of CNN, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Tapper in “State of the Union”.
“They had a decrease in cases. They stalled and withdrew public health measures,” he said. “They’ve opened restaurants. They’ve opened some of the bars. The younger ones have stopped wearing masks. Suddenly, you have a wave that came up again.”
He continued, “This is where we are now. We can prevent it, Jake. We can prevent that if we continue to vaccinate people, we get more and more protection without suddenly backtracking on public health measures.”
“We can do it today. All we need are federal government vaccines,” he said. “We can’t buy vaccines. We can’t make vaccines. So if the president and his team are able to deliver, we don’t have to wait until May 1. We can get there faster.”
In announcing its plan last week, Biden set out new steps that the administration believes make the May 1 timeline realistic, including expanding the types of professionals who can administer vaccines. Dentists, veterinarians and health professionals will be included in the new approved list.
CNN’s Kevin Liptak, Jeff Zeleny and Jen Christensen contributed to this report.