Additionally, the Michigan Restaurant and Lodging Association called Whitmer misguided and said her recommendations are not rooted in "proof or reliable data".
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. "I watch the numbers every day and I'm hypersensitive to what direction the state is going and what we need to do next". "So despite all of that, we are seeing a surge because of these variants".
Jeffrey Zients, the White House COVID-19 Response Team's coordinator, did say the administration would be sending more vaccinators, testing supplies, therapeutics and treatments to MI.
White House coronavirus adviser Andy Slavitt told reporters the US government would work to ensure that states such as MI were ordering the full amount of vaccine that was available to them but said that shifting distribution was not in line with the administration's public health strategy. "But we have thousands of partners ready to put shots in arms".
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The moves come as cases of COVID-19 across Ontario continue to soar and intensive care units at hospitals climb to near capacity. Sources tell the Canadian Press the order will take effect at 12:01 a.m.
Karl Manke, a MI barber who defied state COVID-19 restrictions, has been fined $9,000 for violations including carrying a comb in his pocket. We could get more vaccines in arms. And so it's on all of us to recognize we can squash where we're seeing hot spots. Only 35% of MI residents have received their first vaccine shot and 23% are fully vaccinated, though these numbers are average for the nation. "So we have really been rolling", said Whitmer. But I am going to also continue fighting for my state and anyone who's watched what's going on in MI over the past year and knows that that's- that's how I am, I'm going to fight for- to get everything I can for the help- for the people of MI that we need.
"We are seeing hospitalisations going up. At this juncture, we are not having that conversation", she said. (I'm looking at you "social distancing.") We've collectively managed to do extraordinary things to protect each other and ourselves. And so there's not a conversation on that front.
Dr. Anthony Fauci has been asked whether the United States is "turning a corner" and can soon expect to see an end to the coronavirus pandemic.
Whitmer attributed her state's spike in coronavirus infections to past low infection rates, which means fewer people have antibodies, the prevalence of variants and fatigue from residents in limiting their activities.