A wind of hope is blowing across the United States. The state of Texas reopened all its businesses on Wednesday, March 10, while the mask is no longer mandatory, even for employees and customers in stores.
“I think it’s good for everyone to be able to make their own decisions,” said 22-year-old Kade Phillips in downtown Houston. However, not all residents of the state are so calm. Republican Gov. Greg Abbott “did it just to win the support” of “many Republicans here in Texas who don’t believe in the mask, the science behind the mask,” said businessman Omar Abu-Shaaban.
If the situation is improving lately in the United States, health experts warn of a still very high circulation of the coronavirus. They also point to the arrival of spring break that will lead to more travel and the rapid spread of variants. Some cities like Austin, the state capital, have also decided that wearing a mask will remain mandatory. The United States has approximately 56,000 new cases every day but the daily average of 1,600 deaths is falling. More than 528,000 Americans have died from COVID-19 since the start of the epidemic.
Almost 700 million doses of vaccines at the end of July
After Mississippi and Texas, the state of Wyoming is also expected to drop the mandatory wearing of masks and reopen all of its businesses next week. And this is just the beginning of a return to normalcy. In Los Angeles and Southern California indoor cinemas and restaurants It should be partially reopened starting this weekend.
It must be said that the vaccination campaign is progressing very rapidly in the United States. More than 93 million injections have been carried out in the country, where three vaccines are already authorized: that of Johnson & Johnson (only one dose per person is needed), and those of the Pfizer / BioNTech and Moderna alliance (two doses). More than 2 million injections are given on average each day.
US President Joe Biden has also announced that the government is currently negotiating with Johnson & Johnson to purchase a new batch of 100 million doses, following a first order delivered in late May. Between this command and the two commands to Moderna and Pfizer / BioNTech, The United States should have 700 million doses by the end of July. What to vaccinate the 328 million Americans? Joe Biden has already announced that if the United States ends up with “a surplus, (they) share it with the rest of the world.”