‘It’s going to be within our capability’ to prevent another coronavirus surge, Fauci says

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“If we don’t do very well in that regard, there’s always the danger that there will be enough circulating virus that you can prevent a reduction in the number of cases, and when that happens, as we’ve seen in the past with other waves. “What we’ve done is at risk of a resurgence,” Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and chief medical advisor to President Joe Biden, told Fox News Sunday.

Although cases still remain high, with an average of about 85,000 new infections a day as of Sunday, they have dropped by more than 8,000, according to figures from a week earlier. Johns Hopkins University. On an average, more than 200 deaths have been reported daily since the beginning of the month.
However, progress in numbers is still under threat from low vaccination rates. As of Sunday, 57% of the total population had been fully vaccinated against the virus, according to U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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And although health experts don’t know what proportion of the population needs to be protected to control the spread of the virus, Fauci has said a vast majority will need vaccination.

The good news is that Fauci doesn’t think another surge in cases is inevitable.

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“It’s going to be within our capacity to prevent that from happening,” Fauci said. “The extent to which we continue to come down that slope will depend on how well we do about getting more people vaccinated.”

Vaccine mandate reversed, says governor

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Health experts have pointed to the vaccine mandate as a key tool to keep cases down and relieve hospital stress, but some officials stand against the measures.

Fauci has been a supporter of the mandate, saying the data shows he works to get more people vaccinated. He said that although it would be better to convince people that they choose to vaccinate, it is not always possible.

“I think when you’re in a public health crisis, sometimes unusual situations require unusual actions,” Fauci told Fox News.

But Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson said Sunday that she believes both federal and state mandates to increase vaccination rates are counterproductive.

Hutchinson told NBC News that he believes the messaging at the highest levels of government has been tampered with. “Slowed down vaccine acceptance and increased resistance.”

“I want to see that we encourage vaccine acceptance, build confidence in it, and that’s the direction we need to go, without fighting for mandates,” the governor said.

Asked specifically about the success of Tyson Foods and Walmart’s vaccine mandates in the state of Arkansas, the governor said it is “absolutely” proof that it works.

“So yes, there is an effectiveness. And so, let me make it clear that when I say I don’t believe we should be involved in a mandate, I’m referring to a government mandate, whether that’s a federal government mandate.” Be it the mandate or the mandate of the state government,” he said.

Hutchinson pointed out that employers must navigate a finer, ground reality of some employees wanting a vaccine-mandated work environment that feels safe while others do not. Hutchinson said that depending on that situation, the choice to grant the mandate should be left in the hands of employers.

Minnesota emergency and urgent care services suspended due to nurses strike

In many places, nurses have been bearing the brunt of hospital stress from Covid-19, and strikes in Minnesota have affected services.

According to a statement by Alina Health, about 50 nurses from the Minnesota Nurses Association (MNA) have temporarily suspended emergency and urgent care services at Abbott Northwestern WestHealth in Plymouth, Minnesota, due to the strike.

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“Nurses are looking for a contract that provides fair wages and benefits to nurses on the frontlines of the Covid-19 pandemic,” the MNA said in a statement on Thursday.

“MNA nurses have been negotiating a new contract for months, but Alina has refused to agree to a fair pay or substantial benefits for vacation work,” MNA said in the statement. “Compensating nurses appropriately for vacation work is particularly important because of the need for nurses to work more days and longer hours, including overtime and holidays, as understood by Alina and other hospital systems, as they are exposed to COVID-19. -19 continues on the border of the pandemic.”

According to the statement, the bandh began on Sunday morning and will continue till 7:00 am local time on Wednesday.

“Alina Health and Abbott Northwestern WestHealth have negotiated with MNA 7 times. A contractual agreement was previously reached and recommended unanimously by the union’s bargaining team. Unfortunately, MNA could not finalize that agreement,” Elena Health’s statement said. “During the negotiations, we have consistently offered proposals that demonstrate our commitment to our employees, including immediate wage hikes to align wages with other metro hospitals and agree on some of the union’s other priority issues. Is.”

Granthshala’s Gregory Lemos, Jen Christensen and Jennifer Henderson contributed to this report.

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