The U.S. president estimated on Tuesday that by the end of May, the country will have enough anti-Govt vaccines for all its adults. This does not mean that all Americans will be vaccinated by this date, however, he did qualify. Meanwhile, in Texas, the governor of the Republic announced the mandatory wearing of masks and the reopening of businesses.
This is great news for Americans in the Govt-19 front: “By the end of May, we’re going to have enough vaccines for all adults in the United States,” President Joe Biden said Tuesday. Three weeks ago, he promised a deadline at the end of July.
“This is progress, important progress,” he stressed, however, which does not mean that all American adults will be vaccinated by that date. “Vaccines are not enough. In the hands of the people, we need millions of people to put in American weapons,” he added.
Agreement between Merck and Johnson & Johnson
Joe Biden made the announcement during a brief speech in which he confirmed an agreement between pharmaceutical companies Merck and Johnson & Johnson to increase vaccine production. “This is business cooperation from the business we saw during World War II,” he said.
The White House tenant also announced that Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine production centers will now operate “24 hours a day, seven days a week.”
Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine was approved for emergency use by people 18 and over in the country last weekend. It has two significant logistics advantages: it can only be administered in a single dose and can be stored at refrigerator temperature. Johnson & Johnson is currently committed to sending 100 million doses to the United States by the end of June.
Texas restrictions lifted
For his part, Republican Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas announced Tuesday that he will wear a mandatory mask and reopen businesses.
“From next Wednesday, any business will be able to open 100% of their capacity,” the governor said in an order that “from July 2020,” statewide “mandatory wearing of masks will cease.” Thanks to medical advances in vaccines and antibody therapies, Texas now has the means to protect Texans from the virus, ”Abbott said.
Despite the “disappearance of Govt-19”, the southern state of the country was “much better” than in October, when the capacity of stores was limited to 75%.
“Not the moment”
“For nearly six months, many Texans have been denied the opportunity to work, and many small business owners have had difficulty paying their fees,” said Greg Abbott. “We ensure that all businesses and families in Texas have the freedom to decide their own destiny.” However, companies can restrict the reception capacity of their premises or set health protocols, underlining the governor’s mandate.
Johns Hopkins University reports that nearly 44,000 people have died from Govt-19 in Texas since the outbreak began.
On Monday, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the country’s leading federal public health agency, warned against any decline, especially with regard to wearing masks. “I am deeply concerned by reports that more and more states are raising precisely the measures we have proposed to protect the people,” Rochelle Valensky told a news conference. “This is not the time to loosen up the important devices we know can prevent the spread of Covit-19.”