COVID-19 infections coming down across the country; vaccine hesitancy could bring winter surge
COVID-19 infections are coming down across the country. A new model estimates that 185 million Americans will be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by September.
But vaccine hesitancy could contribute to a winter surge.
For the first time since October, the seven-day average of new COVID-19 cases in the U.S. has fallen to 45,000 per day.
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This comes as Pfizer-BioNTech announces it's seeking full approval for its COVID-19 vaccine from the Food and Drug Administration.
Some health officials want to improve vaccine confidence because they're concerned about a possible surge this winter, as different variants of COVID-19 spread.
A forecast from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington says that 65% of Americans will be fully vaccinated by the middle of July, and a wider group of adolescents are expected to become eligible soon.
Full approval of Pfizer's vaccine could take 6 to 10 months.