CDC Head Says American Life Could Return to Normal By Third Quarter 2021

CDC director Robert Redfield also told the Senate that masks are "‘the most important, powerful public health tool we have."

By Staff September 16, 2020

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According to the New York Times, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's director Dr. Robert Redfield this week told a Senate panel he expects Covid-19 vaccinations to begin in November or December in limited quantities, with people most in need—such as health care workers, those with underlying medical conditions and the elderly—receiving the first doses. Redfield also told the Senate that it would take approximately six to nine months to get the wider American public vaccinated.

Additionally, Redfield told the Senate that face coverings are "the most important, powerful public health tool we have" against Covid-19, adding, "I might even go so far as to say that this face mask is more guaranteed to protect me against Covid than when I take a Covid vaccine." As of Wednesday afternoon, 196,410 have died from the novel coronavirus in the U.S. alone since March. More than 1,275 new Covid-19 deaths and 39,000 new cases were reported in the United States on Sept. 15. In the staet of Florida, 2,340 new cases and 184 new deaths were reported on Sept. 15; in Sarasota, there were 34 new cases and in Manatee there were 14 new cases that same day.

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