The head of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Feb. 26 that a recent decline in COVID-19 cases may be stalling, a development she described as concerning while urging that safeguards to fight the virus remain in place.

The United States expects to roll out 3 to 4 million doses of Johnson & Johnson’s Covid-19 vaccine during the first week of March, pending authorization from the Food and Drug Administration, White House Covid-19 response coordinator Jeff Zients said on Feb. 24.

The Biden administration will deliver more than 25 million masks to community health centers, food pantries and soup kitchens from March through May as part of the battle against the coronavirus pandemic, the White House said in a statement.

Top U.S. infectious disease official Anthony Fauci on Feb. 23 told CNN that he expects the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to soon relax some Covid-19 recommendations aimed at curbing its spread for people who have been vaccinated.

The two Covid-19 vaccines approved for use in the United States have reassuring safety profiles, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Feb. 19 after monitoring the first month of vaccinations between December 2020 and January 2021.

Life expectancy in the United States fell by a year in the first half of 2020 – the biggest decline since World War 2 – and stood at the lowest levels since 2006, according to estimates issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The head of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Feb. 14 it is “absolutely” too soon to lift mask mandates, citing daily Covid-19 case numbers that despite recent declines remain more than double the levels seen the summer of 2020.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the agency had administered 48,410,558 doses of Covid-19 vaccines in the country as of the morning of Feb. 12 and delivered 69,014,725 doses.

People who have received the full course of Covid-19 vaccines can skip the standard 14-day quarantine after exposure to someone with the infection as long as they remain asymptomatic, U.S. public health officials advised.

California surpassed New York on Feb. 9 as the U.S. state with the most coronavirus deaths, a grim reminder of the pandemic’s toll even as the vaccine rollout and a sharp drop in new cases buoyed hopes of life eventually returning to normal.