CDC director warns of 'impending doom' as COVID cases rise

In an emotional plea on Monday, Dr. Rochelle Walensky warned of another coronavirus surge due to a mix of new variants, restriction rollbacks and increasing travel rates.
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Transcript for CDC director warns of 'impending doom' as COVID cases rise
We turn to the latest on the coronavirus emergency. Overnight the U.S. Passing another painful milestone. 550,000 deaths as 23 states are now reporting a disturbing increase in cases, but there is encouraging news on the vaccine rollout. More than 95 million Americans have received at least one dose and eligibility is quickly expanding. Eva pilgrim has the latest. Reporter: Vaccin eligibility expanding, president Joe Biden announcing the vast majority of American adults will be able to sign up for the vaccine soon. At least 90% of all adults in this country will be eligibleo be vaccinated by April the 19th. Just three weeks from now. Because we have the vaccines. Reporter: To speed up vaccinations the administration will open more mass vaccination sites and add 20,000 more pharmacies, the goal, to give most Americans access to a vaccine within five miles of their home. 12 more states this week making the vaccine available to anyone over 16. In Florida where those over 40 are eligible, Monica young and her family potioning showing off their band-aids thankful to get the vaccine. Now we can hug my mom. Reporter: A new CDC study finds the vaccines work. Researchers followed health care workers and found the vaccines were 90% effective at preventing both symptomatic and asymptomatic disease. The study also suggests the vaccines slow the spread of the virus. But despite all the people getting vaccines, the U.S. Averaging more than 60,000 cases every day, hospitalizations up more than 10% across 17 states in the last week and the number of deaths is rising too. The CDC director warning of another surge. I'm going to reflect on the recurring feeling I have of - impending doom. We have so much to look forward to, so much promise and potential of where we are and so much reason for hope but right now I'm scared. Reporter: Walensky points to a dangerous mix of restrictions rollbacks and air travel now nearly prepandemic levels. The president calling on states to reinstate mask mandates. Sadly, some of the reckless behavior we've seen on television over the past few weeks means that more new cases are to come in the weeks ahead. Reporter: And starting today New York giving the green light to anyone 30 and up to get the vaccine. That is a trend we're seeing across the country. Whit. That is encouraging. Eva pilgrim for us, thank you so much.

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