The White House, fearful of another coronavirus surge, is working feverishly to increase the number of vaccine doses to hot spots in the country.
The administration also has ramped up spending for coronavirus preparation, including for readying governors and the general public for a possible fourth surge, CNN reported.
The White House has expressed concerns about some governors and local officials loosening coronavirus restrictions prematurely. Newer, possibly more virulent versions of the virus also pose a threat, with a variant first detected in the U.K. emerging as the dominant strain and likely to be so for the next few weeks.
While metrics such as daily infections continue to fall and more than two million Americans are being inoculated each day, the White House COVID-19 team is nevertheless preparing for a worst-case scenario, top administration officials told CNN.
“Everything we do is with the thought in mind that there might be another surge,” a senior administration official said, CNN reported.
“I think we need to be very humble with this virus,” said Dr. Anne Schuchat, principal deputy director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CNN reported. “While many indications are going in the right direction and more and more people are being vaccinated every day, we need to be ready for wild cards and worsening.”
As of Tuesday, the U.S. has administered roughly 111 million doses of vaccine, with more than 39 million Americans fully vaccinated, according to a CDC tracker.