Transcript for How updated vaccine timeline for Americans will play out
We are seeing some progress. Okay, thanks very much. Let's bring back Dr. Ashish jha. Dr. Jha, thanks for joining us again this morning. We're getting a lot of encouraging news on a lot of fronts right now but you're seeing these state, Texas, Mississippi and others relax restrictions in a pretty big way. What's your response to that? Yeah, so good morning, first of all, great news on the vaccine, kind of in line with what many of us had been thinking, any American who wants one can get one certainly by the month of may. You know, this is like we're so close to the finish line in terms of vaccinating high-risk people I wish Texas, Mississippi and other states would hold off another little bit. Not many months but certainly waiting until all high-risk people are vaccinated. I was disappointed to see those. What will it take to make sure all the high-risk people are vaccinated. We know supplies are out there and the president is using defense production to ramp it up but we're talking distribution and fast distribution. Absolutely. So supplies are going to ramp up over the next couple of weeks and we're going to see more and more vaccines certainly by the end of, lots of vaccines and then states have to be ready with these distribution centers like Yankee stadium, like other places that can get large numbers of people vaccinated quickly. Once we do all that I think April becomes a month where most high-risk people, teachers, others should be vaccinated. Things start getting better after that. Walk people through once they are vaccinated, what that means for their daily live, how long the other restrictions will last. Yeah, so certainly when you're with other vaccinated people, my goodness like life will feel much closer to normal. I think people that are vaccinated can get together with others vaccinated, have meal, spend time together. We'll still do outdoor mask wearing when we're in cows where ear people are not vaccinated. Some at social distances until things get better later into spring or summer. Among vaccinated people I think it will feel much more like normal life. Is this the beginning of the end of the pandemic or should we expect another recurrence at the end of the summer when we head into the fall and winter again? Well, I think, George, this really is the beginning of the end of this horrible pandemic. Look, we're not going to be completely out of woods. There will be periods of time we will deal wit. It is a bit of a seasonal virus and I wouldn't be surprised if late next fall we get another bump in cases. There are always those variants that we have to stay concerned about. So this is what we're going to be dealing with but it won't dominate our lives the way it has. And not as deadly as it has been.
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