Millions of Americans set to ignore advice against Thanksgiving travel
Millions set to travel for Thanksgiving.
On Friday and Saturday, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screened more than 2 million flyers despite The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention calling on Americans to avoid traveling for Thanksgiving.
The numbers are still less than half of what TSA reported in the Friday and Saturday before Thanksgiving last year, however, the numbers are the highest since the coronavirus pandemic nearly halted travel in March.
Dr Anthony Fauci on Sunday said Americans should “make their own decision” about getting together for the holidays.
“Every family is different. Everyone has a different level of risk that they want to tolerate,” he said.
As many as 50 million people across the US are expected to travel by various means this week to celebrate Thanksgiving.
Moncef Slaoui, chief scientific adviser of the government’s Operation Warp Speed vaccine development and distribution program, said on Sunday that the first Americans outside of clinical trials may be vaccinated by December 11 or 12.
Some experts predict 70% of the US population can be vaccinated by May.
“Help is on the way, so you should not look at this as a hopeless situation,” Dr Fauci said.