Medical staff monitor COVID-19 vaccine recipients in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo: AFP-Yonhap News)
The head of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the state of Michigan should "close things down" to contain a recent spike in coronavirus infections.
Dr. Rochelle Walensky made the statement Monday after being asked about some public health experts' calls to send additional doses of COVID-19 vaccine to the state, for which Governor Gretchen Whitmer has been advocating.
"So when you have an acute situation, extraordinary number of cases like we have in Michigan, the answer is not necessarily to give vaccine," Walensky said.
"The answer to that is to really close things down, to go back to our basics, to go back to where we were last spring, last summer and to shut things down, to flatten the curve...."
Michigan has confirmed over 9,000 new cases and 12 additional deaths since Sunday.
The Joe Biden administration has stuck with allocating coronavirus vaccines to states proportionally by population.
More than 120 million Americans, or 36 percent of the U.S. population, have received one or more doses of a vaccine since the country's rollout began in December.
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