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The 'fight is not over' against COVID-19, says doctor

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All Washington state adults are set to be eligible for the vaccine April 15. (KOMO)

WASHINGTON (SBG) - New York, Michigan, Florida, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey account for nearly half of all new COVID cases, even as vaccine rollout continues, with President Joe Biden saying all adults will be eligible for COVID-19 vaccines by April 19th. Dr. Jen Caudle says we still have challenges ahead when it comes to the Coronavirus pandemic.

“Our daily case count is still very, very high. We are still experiencing hospitalizations from COVID throughout this country,” said Dr. Jen Caudle to The National Desk’s Jan Jeffcoat. “We can't let up yet. This fight is not over.”

We have to continue to remain vigilant, says Dr. Caudle.

“Wearing our masks, doing all that, but getting vaccinated is honestly one of the keys here,” said Dr. Caudle,

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has just reported that 246 residents who were fully vaccinated were later diagnosed with COVID. Three of those residents have since died.

“We have to understand that honestly with any vaccine, we have breakthrough cases,” said Dr. Caudle. “The COVID vaccines are very, very effective but they are not 100%, so we're gonna see cases like this that happen throughout the country.”

The most dominant COVID variant in the U.S. right now is the U.K. variant. Dr. Caudle says that genomic sequencing, a process used to determine different variants of COVID, has improved - but we still have a long way to go.

“We really weren't doing a great job in the beginning, but many would argue that we're still not doing a great job now,” said Dr. Caudle. “We still need to be doing more genomic sequencing, and that is going to be very important. There are likely other variants out there, and there is probably more that we need to know on that front.”