US President Biden said during his remarks on the anniversary of the pandemic that while he wouldd like Americans to spend 4 July with family, "things may get worse again as new variants of the virus spread."
"As I told the woman in Pennsylvania, I'll tell you the truth. July 4th with your loved ones is the goal, but with goals, a lot can happen," Biden said, reports the CCN.
"Conditions can change. The scientists have made clear that things may get worse again as new variants of the virus spread. We've got work to do to ensure that everyone has the confidence and safety and effectiveness of all three vaccines."
The US is at risk of losing all its recent gains in the battle against Covid-19 as highly contagious variants take advantage of Americans getting lax with safety measures.
"Please hear me clearly: At this level of cases with variants spreading, we stand to completely lose the hard-earned ground we have gained," said Dr Rochelle Walensky, director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
After weeks of tumbling case numbers, new infections are on the rise again — about 2% more this past week compared to the previous week, Walensky said Monday.
"Similarly, the most recent seven-day average of deaths has also increased more than 2% ... to nearly 2,000 deaths per day."