President Joe Biden's most urgent issue is to win the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic that has killed more than 400,000 Americans, devastated the economy and caused widespread stir-craziness everywhere.
We're all ready to get back to normal, but when will enough Americans get the COVID-19 vaccine for that to begin to actually happen? It really depends on each person's health, what they do for a living, and where they live.
States will handle immunization campaigns differently, and Americans are urged to keep taking measures to protect themselves and their families until they're inoculated.
So yes, we all have to continue to wear masks, socially distance, avoid large gatherings and regularly wash our hands.
Health care workers, the elderly, and other high-risk populations will get vaccinated before the general public. Dr. Vivek Murthy, Biden's nominee for surgeon general, said he estimates it may take until late spring to finish vaccinating high-risk populations at the earliest.
That means mid-summer or fall may be a "realistic" timeline for the general public to begin vaccinations, he told NBC last month.
"If everything goes well, we may see a circumstance where, by late spring, people who are in lower-risk categories can get this vaccine," Murthy said. "But that would really require everything to go exactly on schedule.
"I think it's more realistic to assume that it may be closer to mid-summer, early fall when this vaccine makes its way to the general population."
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