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The latest Covid insights from former CDC Director Tom Frieden

This past week, we learned that our vaccine safety monitoring system works. Reports that a small number of people developed a rare form of blood clot after receiving the Johnson & Johnson vaccine led to quick investigation, quick action, and transparency about what is known, not known, and what next…


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The latest Covid insights from former CDC Director Tom Frieden

The U.S. vaccination campaign is facing a fundamental challenge: getting the vaccine where it’s needed most. Millions of Americans are still unprotected, many of them at high risk of severe illness. Our fourth surge is beginning. Lives are at stake.

As reported by CDC in its Covid Data Tracker, one…


Public Health Weekly

The latest Covid insights from former CDC Director Tom Frieden

As predicted, a fourth surge of Covid appears to be beginning in the U.S., fueled by spread of variants and premature reopening. As CDC reports in its Covid Data Tracker, cases are up 7% nationally, and the test positivity rate is also inching up, now at 4.7%. Because the pace…


Public Health Weekly

The latest Covid insights from former CDC Director Tom Frieden

Vaccinations have already saved at least 40,000 lives in the United States, and the pace keeps increasing. But explosive spread of variants in Brazil and lower interest in vaccination are ominous portents.

A fourth surge is likely in the U.S., but most likely a less deadly one.

Epidemiology tells the story

First, the epidemiology…


Public Health Weekly

The latest Covid insights from former CDC Director Tom Frieden

The U.S. has now hit two milestones in the Covid-19 pandemic: 100 million total infections (most of them undiagnosed), and as reported by the CDC, 100 million vaccine doses administered.

In the race of vaccination vs. variants, we’re gaining on the virus. It’s slow progress that we hope to accelerate…


Public Health Weekly

The latest Covid insights from former CDC Director Tom Frieden

Are we finally nearing the new normal? By May things will be much safer, but we’re not there yet. Vaccine rollout continues to gain momentum, saving lives. Cases are still trending down, although the declines are slowing. But transmission is still high in most of the country, and variants could…


Public Health Weekly

The latest Covid insights from former CDC Director Tom Frieden

There is now steady good news about Covid-19 in the United States. Cases, hospitalizations, and deaths continue to decrease, and the pace of vaccination is accelerating. Serious risks remain from variants, vaccine inequity, and failure to learn the lessons of Covid-19.

First, the good news. As reported by the CDC


Public Health Weekly

The latest Covid-19 insights from former CDC Director Tom Frieden

Covid cases continue to plummet, although a small part of the recent decrease may be due to weather-related testing site closures. And while the vaccination rollout is going more smoothly, we must address equity much more effectively. Deaths are decreasing. Global collaboration is rising. …


Public Health Weekly

The latest Covid insights from former CDC Director Tom Frieden

The third U.S. Covid-19 surge is fading fast, but variants — some of which are deeply ominous — are spreading fast. Vaccination is picking up steam, but we’re failing to address equity. And already high levels of pandemic fatigue are increasing. …

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