Anthony Fauci, director of the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said this decline is a start, although he would like the average daily cases to be around 10,000.
The White House adviser to combat COVID-19 also warned that the pandemic is far from over.
“We have to be careful not to declare a victory prematurely in many respects. We still have approximately 68 million people who are eligible to be vaccinated who have not yet been vaccinated, ”Fauci said in an interview with CNN.
As of October 9, 55.4% of the US population is fully vaccinated, Our World in Data reported. Although the exact percentage of the vaccinated population that is needed to have herd immunity is not known, Fauci says it will be better if the vast majority of Americans get the vaccine.
Until this Monday, in the United States all people over 12 years of age can be vaccinated. Some vulnerable people, such as those over 65 and front-line medical personnel, may receive a third dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.