President-elect Joe Biden says Americans will not be forced to take the coronavirus vaccine when a person is found in the US.
It comes as the health protection center for the first time advocates for “universal use of masks” in the home, except where Americans are at home.
‘High-Level Transmission’ Phase
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said the US has “entered the stage of high-level transmission” of the virus.
The U.S. on Friday recorded more than 2,500 new cases and 225,000 new cases.
It has confirmed 14.3 million cases and more than 278,000 deaths.
Mr Biden – who is expected to take office on January 20 – also said he expected his inauguration to be a recurring event without large crowds due to concerns about the coronavirus.
“My guess is that there will be a stadium event but I don’t know how everything will be,” he said.
Biden Administration’s Policy
Pfizer, which claims its vaccine has been shown to be 95% effective in clinical trials, and Moderna, which claims its jab is 94% successful, have both applied to the Food and Drug Administration to distribute their drugs in the US.
The UK on Wednesday became the first country in the world to adopt the Pfizer vaccine.
Earlier on Friday, Deputy President Mike Pence said during a visit to the Atlanta CDC that the Covid-19 vaccination agency’s approval would be “a week and a half.”
Speaking in Wilmington, Delaware, the president-elect of the United States said it would not be necessary to enforce the coronavirus vaccine.
“I will do my best as president to encourage people to do the right thing and if they do, they will show that it is important,” he said.
The Pew Research Center says only 60% of Americans are currently ready to take the coronavirus vaccine, with 51% saying the same in September.
Here’s What Joe Biden Says
On Thursday Mr Biden told CNN he would be happy to take the vaccine in public to allay concerns about its safety. Three former presidents – Barack Obama, George W Bush and Bill Clinton – have also said they are ready to be vaccinated in public.
Mr Biden reiterated his call for Americans to wear the mask for 100 days – a move he said combined with the spread of vaccines would make human deaths “go downhill”.
“My hope is that they will be inclined to justify patriotic work to continue to protect other people,” Mr Biden said.
The U.S. war to control the coronavirus epidemic is about to strike first on a national anti-retroviral organization.
That may be after President-elect Bididen’s statement that he would not support the government’s mandate for all Americans to have access to the Covid-19 vaccine. One attempt to use one – even if it is supported by science and a legal model from more than a century – could create a foundation of opposition that could prove unhealthy in public life.
This was the case with the mask – which is a negative measure of the spread of the virus – which, for the past six months, has become politically motivated.
Mr Biden, along with other state leaders who will be on the front lines of any such authority, may want to identify only certain sections of the population at risk of acquiring or distributing Covid-19. For example, employers may be encouraged to seek health care and aged domestic workers for immunizations, and most children already have pre-school records in public or private schools.
While the rapid growth of many vaccines has given reason for hope of general health after coronavirus, the vaccine war is just one example of how to manage this public health problem in the coming months will not be an easy task for Biden to manage.
The health council said it now recommends that people wear masks anywhere outside their homes – including indoors.
It said the country was in the process of “high-level transfers” as the colder climate saw more people spending more time indoors.
About half of the new cases were the result of the transmission of uninfected infected people, the CDC said.
It said wearing a mask, body wrapping and avoiding unnecessary indoor and overcrowded outdoor areas was part of the “multi-case” approach needed to “provide a bridge” in the future when vaccines became more widely available and normal health could resume.
On Thursday Mr Biden said he would make wearing masks in state-owned enterprises compulsory.
Meanwhile, California Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom has issued an order to stay at home for most of his province. On Wednesday, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti issued a directive that all human travel must be carried on foot or by car, adding: “It’s time to cancel everything.”
Mr Biden described the latest job details as “bad”.
The November figures, released earlier on Friday, show that an additional 245,000 new jobs were added as the rate of new daily infections almost doubled.
“It shows the economy is stagnant and continues to be in the midst of the economic and labor crisis in modern history,” Mr Biden said.
He predicted that “the future would be very bleak” if lawmakers failed to pass the coronavirus aid package immediately.
Unless Congress makes another aid bill, more than nine million unemployed Americans will be cut off from the benefits of unemployment after Christmas.
Lawmakers from both sides have been demanding a $ 900bn (£ 670bn) plan that will include increased unemployment benefits.