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CDC Chief Says Michigan Should ‘Shut Things Down’

She believes vaccinating alone won’t stop COVID surge

A top Biden administration health official said Monday that Michigan should “shut things down” as it grapples with an overwhelming surge in coronavirus cases.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director (CDC) Rochelle Walensky said a boost in COVID-19 vaccinations alone isn’t the answer — even as Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer calls on the federal government to send more vaccines her way.

"I think if we try to vaccinate our way out of what is happening in Michigan, we would be disappointed that it took so long for the vaccine to work, to actually have the impact," Walensky said during a White House briefing on the pandemic. It takes several weeks for immunizations to kick in and reduce the caseload, she noted.

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