Dr. Deborah Birx — one of President Donald Trump’s closest advisers on the White House Coronavirus Task Force — doesn’t want you to wait for the COVID-19 vaccine in order to do the right thing, according to CNN.

What’s happening:

Birx said this week that Americans can work now to stop the community spread of the coronavirus.

  • “Do the right thing today. Because if we do the right thing today, we go into the fall with much fewer cases.”
  • “Right now, we gain freedom through wearing our masks and socially distancing.”
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She advised Americans to avoid having too many people in the backyard. And to be careful about attending concert venues where there may be crowds.

  • “We know we can’t always be perfect. We know that we’ll put this message out about private gatherings and something will happen and you’ll realize you have been in a situation, you’ve been around people, you didn’t have your mask on. That is the time to make sure you’re protecting others in your household and around you by wearing a mask when you’re around them, even if they’re family.”

Rushing a vaccine

Birx — like other leading experts — expressed worry about fast-tracking a coronavirus vaccine.

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Dr. Anthony Fauci, a White House coronavirus expert, said that releasing a vaccine too quickly might not be safe, either, according to the New York Post.

  • “One of the potential dangers if you prematurely let a vaccine out is that it would make it difficult, if not impossible, for the other vaccines to enroll people in their trial,” Fauci told Reuters.