MI should shut down again to combat Covid surge, CDC chief says

Michigan Office of the Governor Gov. Gretchen Whitmer addresses the state during a speech in Lansing Mich. Friday

Michigan officials pleading for additional vaccines as COVID-19 cases surge

"That's what we're calling on people to do - to do your part".

On Friday April 9, Whitmer asked high schools to voluntarily go virtual, youth sports to pause, and residents to avoid indoor dining for two weeks to slow the spread of the virus.

"As our nation's top health experts have said, this is not a failure of policy, but rather a compliance, variant and mobility issue, which is why it's important for us to ramp up vaccinations as quickly as possible", he said.

Slavitt said that Johnson & Johnson is on track to deliver around 24 million COVID-19 shots to the United States in April whether or not it receives USA regulatory clearance for its Baltimore vaccine production plant, which is owned by contract manufacturer Emergent BioSciences Inc.

"We've got to be able to do this when there are surges to try to help states out", says r. Ashish Jha, dean of the Brown University School of Public Health.

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Rochelle Walensky said MI should "shut down" to combat the surge in cases, hospitalizations and deaths. "We have to hang in there for the next two months and we're not doing that". "So despite all of that, we are seeing a surge because of these variants", said Whitmer.

Media outlets have reported Biden officials saying MI is not making full use of vaccine supplies.

About 41% of MI residents ages 16 and up had received at least one shot. We've learned that we don't need to stock up on toilet paper but frequent hand washing and getting outside are simple ways to protect ourselves. (I'm looking at you "social distancing.") We've collectively managed to do extraordinary things to protect each other and ourselves. We got over a million shots in arms just in the last two weeks.

Whitmer added she expects the order will be lifted before the end of six months. "So we have really been rolling", said Whitmer. We could get more vaccines in arms. "We've asked our state for a two-week pause...despite all that we are seeing a surge of variance and that's precisely why we're really encouraging them to think about surging vaccines into the state of MI".

Though the White House is not yet sending additional vaccines to Michigan, Whitmer thanked the Biden administration for promising to send additional resources for testing and to distribute the remainder of its vaccines more efficiently. "It's in everyone's best interest".

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