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CDC chief warns of 'impending doom' as cases, hospitalizations rise; vaccines are 80% effective after 1 shot: Live COVID-19 updates

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The U.S. has surpassed 30 million coronavirus cases and a top public health official on Monday described a “recurring feeling I have of impending doom” as infections once again are on the rise.

There was some good news on the vaccine front: The double-shot vaccines sweeping across the nation reduce the risk of infection by 80% after just a single dose two or more weeks after vaccination, according to a study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

But Dr. Rochelle Walensky, CDC director, said at a White House COVID-19 briefing that daily infections are up 10% from a week ago. Hospitalizations are once again on the rise, she said, and deaths, a lagging indicator, averaged nearly 1,000 per day last week after four consecutive days below 850.

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