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Fauci: Virus Shot Categories To Open Up By April

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In this Dec. 22, 2020, file photo, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, speaks before receiving his first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at the National Institutes of Health, in Bethesda, Md.

Dr. Anthony Fauci predicts by April it will be “open season” for vaccinations in the U.S., as supply boosts allow most people to get shots to protect against COVID-19.

Speaking to NBC’s “Today Show,” Fauci, who serves as science adviser to President joe Biden, says the rate of vaccinations will greatly accelerate in the coming months. He credits forthcoming deliveries of the two approved vaccines, the potential approval of a third and moves taken by the Biden administration to increase the nation’s capacity to deliver doses.

He says, “by the time we get to April,” it will be “open season, namely virtually everybody and anybody in any category could start to get vaccinated.”

He cautioned it will take “several more months” to logistically deliver injections to adult Americans but predicted herd immunity could be achieved by late summer.

Now that the U.K. variant of the coronavirus has been identified in Allegheny County, here’s an illustrated explanation from NPR answering frequent questions about the new strain.

After weeks of criticism from older Pennsylvanians struggling to get COVID-19 vaccine appointments, Gov. Tom Wolf announced Thursday two state agencies are stepping up to help people over the age of 65 book COVID-19 vaccine appointments over the phone.

Read more here.

 LATEST NUMBERS 

Allegheny County: 

  • 270 new cases 
  • No new deaths reported 

Pennsylvania: 

  • 3,978 new cases 
  • 115 new deaths 
  • 2,789 patients hospitalized 
  • 569 patients in the ICU 
  • 1,461,612 doses of the vaccine have been administered to 1,126,321 people 

The Associated Press contributed to this report.