🇺🇸@COVID19Up: SARS-CoV-2 infections may be on the decline for now, but efforts to keep vaccinating the U.S. population against COVID-19 will continue for a long time, according to Dr. Paul Offit, a member of the FDA’s Vaccine Advisory Committee.

“We are going to need to have a highly vaccinated population for years if not longer. This virus is going to be circulating in the world for a long time,” Offit said.

Variants of Concern

As SARS-CoV-2 spread across the globe, it has mutated more contagious strains that are more resistant to current COVID-19 vaccines, such as the Delta variant first detected in India.

Offit added that although these variants of concern may be less inhibited by vaccines, the level of protection still appears to be high.

“I think that vaccines will keep you out of the hospital, will keep you out of the ICU, and will keep you from dying,” Offit said.

As of Monday (June 14, 2021), 43.7% of Americans fully vaccinated against COVID-19, according to data from the CDC. 52.5% had received at least one dose.

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