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The U.S. could avoid a new surge of COVID-19 soon if this happens

Can the U.S. avoid another COVID-19 surge? Here’s a look at how it could happen

Dr. Anthony Fauci listens as President Joe Biden speaks during an event to commemorate the 50 millionth COVID-19 shot in Washington.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, listens as President Joe Biden speaks during an event to commemorate the 50 millionth COVID-19 shot on Feb. 25, 2021, in Washington. Can the U.S. avoid another COVID-19 surge? Here’s a look at how it could happen.
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Dr. Anthony Fauci, the White House chief infectious disease expert, recently said the U.S. could avoid another major surge if COVID-19 vaccination numbers reach the 70% level.

Fauci told The Washington Post that the U.S. should aim to hit President Joe Biden’s goal of getting 70% of Americans at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

  • “If we get to the president’s goal — which I believe we will attain — of getting 70% of people getting at least one dose, adults that is, by July 4, there will be enough protection in the community that I really don’t foresee there being the risk of a surge,” Fauci said.

That surge will be avoided if “we continue to get people vaccinated at the rate we have now,” Fauci said.

  • He said in an ideal scenario to defeat a virus, you would want vaccines that are as “highly effective as these vaccines are, and you get a substantial proportion of the population vaccinated, the chances of there being a surge are extraordinarily low, I mean quite, quite low.”

How many Americans are vaccinated?

Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that 60% of American adults have gotten at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, per CNBC.

This has happened six weeks before July 4 — which is when Biden said he wants the country to hit the 70% mark, as I wrote for the Deseret News.

The average COVID-19 case count is hovering around 31,000 this week, per CNBC.