In New Jersey, Governor Phil Murphy launched a "Shot and a Beer" programme to encourage vaccination, while in West Virginia Governor Jim Justice announced that the state will offer US$100 savings bonds to residents aged 16 to 35 who get inoculated.
Fauci said the country should impose a national lockdown and vaccine manufacturers need to think about how to distribute doses to India. We're averaging about 43,000 a day. The country's health care system is teetering on the edge of collapse as hospitals are overcrowded and much-needed medical supplies are in low supply.
PTIHe also recommended mass vaccination to arrest the current spread of the deadly disease across India. The CDC also relaxed guidelines for some indoor activities, noting that masked vaccinated people can attend worship, visit restaurants or bars or partake in indoor exercises class.
"You've had experts like the former head of the (Food and Drug Administration), Scott Gottlieb, say it's time to start relaxing the indoor mask mandates".
Fauci added that it is "conceivable" that during seasonal periods where respiratory-borne viruses such as the flu are prevalent, people might decide in the next year or twoto wear masks to diminish the possibility of either spreading or catching these diseases.
On Sunday, Fauci adjusted that timeline for a return to normalcy in an interview with ABC's "This Week", predicting that it could be achieved by Mother's Day of next year.
About two weeks ago, President Joe Biden promised the USA would send help to India in the form of "oxygen-related supplies, vaccine materials, and therapeutics".
Back in the USA, more than 151 million Americans have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, prompting some criticism of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's indoor mask guidance, suggesting it's too stringent. You're not going to see the kinds of numbers we see now.