Dr. Anthony Fauci, President Biden’s chief medical officer, previewed the roadmap back to a somewhat normal life on Monday.
“I’m using the example of a daughter who comes from out of town who is double-vaccinated and a man and woman who are double-vaccinated and maybe a neighbor who you know is double-vaccinated,” said Dr . Fauci in a White House COVID-19 Task Force press conference Monday.
“Small gatherings in people’s homes, I think you can clearly feel that the risk, the relative risk, is so small that you wouldn’t have to wear a mask that you could have a good social gathering in the home.”
Dr. Rochelle Walensky, the head of the CDC, didn’t say when the new guidelines would be released but said the CDC looks forward to releasing them soon.
While a small indoor gathering with other vaccinated people isn’t the party most Americans hope for, it’s the first time it’s Biden administration has signaled that it is ready to ease restrictions.
Even so, Dr. Walensky made Americans complacent about new variants and tens of thousands of new cases every day.
“I really want to keep an eye out that our cases are increasing right now. Something, but they are,” said Dr. Walensky on Monday. “And so the goal is not to open up travel, to open things up, because we are increasing vaccination.”
The FDA approved Johnson & Johnson’s emergency COVID-19 vaccine this week. This makes it the third vaccine available to Americans.
President Biden invoked the Defense Production Act to bolster Johnson & Johnson’s manufacturing capacity on Tuesday. He said every American will have access to a vaccine by May.
“I am pleased to announce today that as a result of the stepped-up process I ordered and just described, this country will have enough vaccine supply – I’ll say it again – for every adult in America by the end of May” Biden said Tuesday. “By the end of May. That is progress – important progress.”
The revised timeline is two months ahead of schedule.
The United States has vaccinated 78.6 million People and distributed more than 100 million vaccines, according to the CDC.