CDC warns UK variant could become predominant COVID variant in US by March

Dr. Julie Morita, the executive vice president of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and a member of Joe Biden's COVID-19 Task Force, discusses vaccine distribution and new concerns.
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Transcript for CDC warns UK variant could become predominant COVID variant in US by March
Joining us now from Chicago is doctor Julie Marie of the executive vice president of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. And a member present elect Biden's covic nineteen task force thank you so much for being with us this morning. Thanks for having me this is your. We heard Trevor just talking about this the CDC's warning the highly contagious you came bearing could become the predominant very it in the US by march. How concerning is this and what is the incoming. Administration's plans to deal with it. Lose CDC report that was issued yesterday it was looking at the one particular area and the UK air and there have been other hearings that have been detected throughout the world and in the United States. But that model exceeded was present what it how how common or how prevalent when the virus strain B. And what would beat it beat predominant strain what they found is that it could be dominant smoothness and marched. I think the key thing to focus an honest that we there are things we know about this train that is more easily transmitted it's easier to catch. Bill we don't know and still remains uncertain is how cheapens our act in this area and how that prevention vaccines. Creditor exceeds what they work as well. And network is being done right not looking. But what we do know is that wearing masks. Out washing your hands keeping socially distant them I'm friends and family. And then trawling. Isolation and quarantine recommendations from public all those things all work as well as getting vaccinated so those measures are critical right now we need to be. Us. Those same measures we keep hearing about. I also don't talk now there's been some confusion about whether or not there are vaccines left in this Federal Reserve that can still be administered. Do you know are there more vaccine doses that can be distributed to the states are are we out of reserves at this point. So has been an interesting week in terms that this information coming out. There was this false sense that there was a large stockpile of vaccine is being held prisoner that it was going to be released. Over the Internet I would keep in mind is that it and we know that there's been thirty million doses have been distributed to states and local. And that of those only about eleven million actually administered so there's still another nineteen million doses that remain. It can be tapped into and meanwhile the manufacturers are producing additional vaccine. So I think the focus really should be I mentioned how do we make sure that the vaccines that are distribute are already getting minister. And the president elect's American rescue plan outlines his plans his administration's plans for how to. That's Maria thank you so much for being nine and no question this is a complicated process getting those vaccines. Into people's arms so many people lining them thank you so much again.

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