Rochelle Walenski expressed hope that 200 million vaccines will be available in the United States by the end of March
Rochelle Walenski, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), said Sunday that despite the agency’s new guidelines for opening schools, “a lot more resources are needed to make schools safe.”
“One of the things that are emphasized when schools open is unsafe ventilation,” Walenski said, speaking on Fox News Channel.
Not only does it increase the risks associated with the coronavirus, but she also said.
“It’s an issue with other respiratory viruses, with kids with asthma, with exposure to mold,” she said. – We have a lot of work to do to make our schools safer.”
NBC reporter Chuck Todd asked her if schools would have the flexibility to follow her department’s guidelines, especially with regard to physical distancing. Walenski responded that it would depend on “how prevalent the disease is in the community.”
“We know that the disease that comes to the school, for the most part, comes to the community as well. We know that with universal mask-wearing, transmission in schools is mostly limited to transmission between staff members and it tends to happen when mask-wearing requirements are violated,” she said.
“So we’re more flexible about requiring a two-meter distance if the prevalence of the virus in the community is at a low to moderate level. When it rises to significant and high levels, we consider the two-meter distance requirement necessary,” Walenski added.
Fox News reporter Chris Wallace also asked the CDC head when everyone will be able to get vaccinated.
“We expect to have 200 million vaccines available by the end of March – enough to vaccinate the entire U.S. population that can be vaccinated,” she replied.
“Can you and I expect that by the end of the year we can walk the streets without a mask?” – the reporter asked.
“That will largely depend on our behavior now. If we have another flare-up because we don’t take proper mitigation measures, it would be foolish for me to make predictions,” Walenski replied.