Shut Down Again — CDC to MI

Lawrence Kim
April 14, 2021

Dr. Rochelle Walensky of the CDC called for the lockdowns on Monday when she was asked about the situation in MI.

Rochelle Walensky reported Monday that the USA set a record Saturday by administering 4.6 million doses of vaccine in a single day. Biden, a Democrat, has so far not taken up Whitmer's request and his administration continues to distribute vaccines to states based on population.

The White House COVID-19 response team held a regularly scheduled briefing on Monday as both the vaccination rate in the USA and numbers of new cases of the virus continue to rise. The seven-day average of daily deaths, 43, more than doubled from 20 in the same period.

"I think if we tried to vaccinate our way out of what is happening in MI, we will be disappointed that it took so long for the vaccine to work, to actually have the impact".

Last week, Whitmer refused to issue new restrictions, instead asking Michiganders to "voluntarily" abstain from activities like dining indoors, youth sports, and in-person classes at high schools.

"We each have enough information to do our part", she said after touring a vaccination clinic at Eastern Michigan University. "That's what we're calling on people to do - to do your part". Republican lawmakers successfully challenged the law that underpinned her restrictions. The legislature also passed HB 1, which would restrict the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services' ability to declare a state of emergency. The restrictions were gradually loosened as metrics improved.

Whitmer spokesman Bobby Leddy said MI has implemented CDC standards and still has some of the strongest restrictions in the Midwest, including a mask mandate and capacity limits on indoor dining, indoor gatherings and entertainment venues. And while Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist have urged the White House to increase deliveries of vaccines to Michigan to combat the rise in cases, Walensky said that vaccines hae a "delayed effect" and would do little to combat the immediate dangers in the state.

But White House coronavirus senior adviser Andy Slavitt said variants hitting the state are also present elsewhere. "Moving around vaccines", he said, "isn't the strategy that public health leaders and scientists have laid out". "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".

The U.S. reported an eight percent rise in new COVID-19 cases last week, the fourth week in a row that infections have increased, according to a Reuters analysis.

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