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COVID-19 Cases Post Vaccine


President Joe Biden announced that there will be enough vaccines for every American adult by the end of May. That’s two months earlier than was previously projected. The sped up timeline is in part due to the emergency use authorization of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine last month. Their rival, drug company Merk, will also help manufacture more doses. 

Now, with three vaccines against COVID-19 approved, it's easier to dream of life returning back to normal. But the pandemic is still very much a reality. The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 47 new deaths and 1,577 new and probable cases of COVID-19 yesterday. And hospitals, especially rural hospitals, still face challenges despite the ramped up vaccine supply.

To talk more, The 21st was joined by a Midwest Correspondent for Kaiser Health News and the Interim Chief of Infectious Diseases at SIU school of Medicine.


Lauren Webber, Midwest Correspondent for Kaiser Health News 

Dr. Vidya Sundareshan, Professor and interim chief of Infectious Diseases at SIU school of Medicine and Medical Advisor to Sangamon County Department of Public Health


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