US coronavirus deaths top 45;000, doubling in little over a week.
The coronavirus death toll in the US has passed 45,000.
This comes as the CDC director is warning of another outbreak this fall.
There’s a possibility that the assault of the virus on our nation next winter will actually be even more difficult than the one we just went through,” CDC Director Robert Redfield said in an interview with The Washington Post.
“We’re going to have the flu epidemic and the coronavirus epidemic at the same time,” he said.
He says that will put a strain on the healthcare system we didn’t see this spring because we were at the end of flu season.
Redfield said federal and state officials need to use the coming months to prepare for what lies ahead.
– A coronavirus vaccine will probably not be ready for use before the end of 2021 at the earliest, according to the chief executive of the Swiss pharmaceutical giant Roche.
Dozens of teams of researchers across the world are racing to develop a COVID-19 vaccine, in order to stem the spread of coronavirus infections, bring down death rates, and allow countries to reopen their economies.
However, Severin Schwan, Roche’s chief executive, told a conference call on Wednesday that: “According to the most likely scenario, we will not have a vaccination before the end of next year,” Swiss regional newspaper Basler Zeitung reported. He said that antibody tests, rather than a vaccine, would be key to allowing people to return to normal life before 2021.