CDC director warns of 4th wave of COVID in the US

CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky is warning of a potential fourth surge of the virus, saying the numbers have stalled in several states, leveling off at 70,000 daily cases and 2,000 daily deaths.

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- This morning words of caution from the CDC.

ROCHELLE WALENSKY: Please hear me clearly. At this level of cases with variants spreading, we stand to completely lose the hard-earned ground we have gained.

- Stay-at-home orders gone. Mask mandates lifted. At least seven states are relaxing restrictions just this week. Director Walensky warning of a potential fourth surge of the virus, saying the numbers have stalled in several states, leveling off at 70,000 daily cases and 2,000 daily deaths.

ROCHELLE WALENSKY: Now is not the time to relax the critical safeguards that we know can stop the spread of COVID-19 in our communities, not when we are so close.

- Meanwhile, a shot of hope.

[APPLAUSE]

Johnson & Johnson's single-shot vaccine shipping out of the Kentucky facility, heading to communities across the country.

- It's always a privilege to be a part of doing something that's going to save lives.

- It requires just one shot and no special freezers needed for storage. It's 100% effective against hospitalizations and death. Of the first 4 million doses, 2.8 million are going to state and local governments, 800,000 to pharmacies, and the rest to community and federal health centers. The company promises to deliver 16 million more doses by the end of March.

ANTHONY FAUCI: We have three highly efficacious vaccines that are safe and efficacious. That's the bottom line.

- Elsewhere, in the latest push to reopen schools, California Governor Gavin Newsom announcing a $2 billion deal for schools to reopen by April 1.

GAVIN NEWSOM: We all are united around coming back safely into the schools and helping with the social and emotional supports that our kids so desperately need.

- And President Biden will meet with Senate Democrats today for the second day in a row to discuss his COVID relief package. And Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said the Senate will consider his bill this week.