Intensive-care unit and lung physician Dr. Vin Gupta slammed the Republican governors of Arizona, Florida and Texas for what he mentioned was untimely reopenings, particularly as new variants take maintain throughout the nation.
“It’s not good public policy what the governors of Arizona, Florida and Texas are doing,” Gupta mentioned. “It just doesn’t make sense from a scientific standpoint … There is a deep concern here, especially in these populous states with generally older populations living in these states, that variants are already taking root there.”
The U.S. is reporting 58,618 day by day new Covid circumstances on common, up 6.7% over the previous week, in response to information compiled by Johns Hopkins University. It’s the best week-over-week improve since mid-January. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky issued a stern warning Friday.
“I remain deeply concerned about this trajectory,” Walensky mentioned. “We have seen cases and hospital admissions move from historic declines, to stagnation, to increases. And we know from prior surges that if we don’t control things now, there is a real potential for the epidemic curve to soar again.”
Gupta, a NBC medical contributor, warned that the early reopenings may even spawn new, vaccine-resistant Covid variants.
“Are we going to give rise to a variant that might escape any type of immunity that the vaccine will impart … that is the big concern here,” Gupta mentioned on CNBC’s “The News with Shepard Smith.”
“That’s why we really need governors to stay vigilant, to preach vigilance, to have consistent public policy across all 50 states for the next few months until everybody gets a vaccine,” he mentioned. “That’s going to be the key piece here, otherwise, we may not have normalcy come July 4th.”
Gupta mentioned that the U.S. was in a “race against time” to get as many individuals vaccinated as attainable.
The White House introduced Friday a document 3.four million vaccines administered throughout the nation. That quantity may develop as Johnson & Johnson prepares to ship 11 million doses of its single shot vaccine subsequent week.
Representatives for the governors of Arizona, Texas and Florida weren’t instantly out there to remark.