COVID-19: Most Americans believe the worst is over as London lags on vaccines rollouts ─Research

*Polling organisation Gallup states the new record-high optimism likely reflects the steep decline in new COVID-19 cases in the United States late January and early February 2021

*London metropolis of nine million population is lagging other British regions on vaccines take-up, suggesting infections were rising February 2021, says a study

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

In view of the reported progress the United States (US) is currently recording in the national COVID-19 Vaccine rollout programme, most Americans now have an increasingly sunny outlook, thinking the worst is over.

ConsumerConnect reports that the global world has been well over a year into the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and millions of people are getting vaccinations in recent times.

And for the first time in the Gallup Poll’s trend, a majority of Americans (60 percent) say the situation is getting better.

Gallup in a statement said: “This record-high optimism likely reflects the steep decline in new COVID-19 cases in the U.S. in late January and early February,” the polling organization said in a statement.

Gallup said it had previously found a strong relationship between changes in coronavirus infection rates and Americans’ assessment of the situation.

When the percentage of new COVID-19 cases spiked in the summer and fall, majorities of Americans said the situation was getting worse, said Gallup.

Meanwhile, Dr. Anthony Fauci, a foremost scientist, is one of those optimistic Americans in this regard.

Fauci, who is the Director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID), told WTOP Radio in Washington, D.C., that it’s important for Americans to know that the pandemic will end.

He said in an interview that “I want them to know that there is light at the end of the tunnel, particularly that we have multiple, highly efficacious vaccines.”

Dr. Fauci is basing a lot of his optimism on the fact that there are now three COVID-19 vaccines in the US from Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson, according to report.

Fauci said people should take any of those vaccines as soon as they’re available.

However, in a related development, London is reported to be lagging on COVID-19 Vaccines which stakeholders say Britain cannot afford to continue.

The United Kingdom (UK) capital is the engine of the country’s economy and its Mayor is concerned that people are getting complacent.

Hitherto, the UK was report to be way ahead of the rest of Europe on inoculating its people against the Coronavirus, but the metrics for its biggest population centre and economic engine are looking a little less compelling as of now, report said.

London, the metropolis of nine million, is lagging other British regions on vaccine take-up. A study published in the week also suggested infections were rising February while the rate of decline nationally was slowing.

It’s partly down to demographics and geography as more people move around the city while sheer population density makes physical/social distancing harder.

Yet, there are also signs that London, the epicenter of what turned into Europe’s most deadly outbreak, may be getting too complacent as the government plots a way out of lockdown, according to report.

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