The US is turning a corner in its fight against Covid-19, Fauci says. But it’s still too early to let our guard down

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According to Johns Hopkins University, there are an average of about 107,000 new infections in the US every day – up from 150,000 in the previous month. Hospitalization and death rates have also declined.

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But Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told ABC’s “This Week” that in the nearly 20 months since the pandemic, Covid surges have only subsided to come back again.

“The way to put it down, is to continue to reduce that change, … is to get people vaccinated. When you have 70 million people in the country who are eligible to be vaccinated, who haven’t been vaccinated yet, So that’s the danger. Zone right there,” Fauci said.


“We just have to focus on continuing to bring those numbers down, and not try to go ahead for weeks or months and say what we’re going to do at a particular time,” he said. “Let’s focus like a laser on reducing those cases, and we can do that by getting people vaccinated.”

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently updated this Guidance on Holiday Celebrations, urged people to vaccinate ahead of holidays and wear masks indoors in public in areas with substantial transmission.

“Participating in gatherings to celebrate events and holidays increases your risk of contracting and spreading COVID-19. The safest way to celebrate is virtually with people who live with or outside you and less than others. are less than 6 feet away.”

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CDC guidance also recommends delaying travel until people are fully vaccinated.

According to statistics, about 56% of the total US population, or 65.4% of people 12 years of age and older who are eligible, have been fully vaccinated. Published Sunday by CDC.

However, according to CDC data, 15 states have yet to vaccinate more than half their residents: Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia and Wyoming.

Mandate promotes vaccination and protest

Orders requiring employees to be vaccinated against Kovid-19 Some workers have been prompted to get vaccinated in recent weeks, but others who refuse vaccination are being suspended or losing their jobs.

In New York City, a vaccine mandate for teachers went into effect Friday afternoon, and New York City schools chancellor Misha Porter told Granthshala she did not expect the mandate to result in teacher shortages on Monday, leaving 93% of the city’s teachers. Vaccinated.

Porter said, “We have more sub-vaccines than non-vaccinations, teachers and our superintendents are working with our principals to ensure that our students receive and continue to receive education.” Keep it.”

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Porter lashed out at the claims of some teachers, who say they are being unfairly forced to vaccinate instead of being given a chance to be tested.

Porter said, “We account for over a million students and we have elementary school students who are not eligible for vaccinations and so we need to do our best to wrap a bubble of safety around our children and keep them safe. I have to do everything.”

CBS On Sunday, Dr. Scott Gottlieb, former commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration, warned against politicizing vaccines in the US.

Gottlieb said vaccination has always been viewed as a collective decision rather than a personal choice. “That’s why we have the childhood vaccination program, because your behavior — in relation to your choices around vaccinations — affects your community,” he said.

Gottlieb said there could be consequences for vaccination becoming a political issue.

“I worry that, going forward, we are going to see a drop in vaccination rates as this becomes a political football, and we see people — literally, governors running against vaccines and vaccine mandates — next. In the presidential circle. It’s going to be harmful to public health, generally, if this episode leads to that we’re in,” he said.

Vaccination should not stop with promising pill

America surpasses 700,000 deaths According to data from Johns Hopkins University on Friday, there are still an average of about 1,900 deaths in the country from Kovid-19 and a day.
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President Joe Biden marked the severe toll in a statement on Saturday, and noted the impact of vaccination, saying, “Hundreds of thousands of families have been saved from the unbearable loss that so many Americans have already endured during this pandemic.” Huh.”

As the country reflected on the death toll, Merck and Ridgeback Biotherapeutics announced that they had created an antiviral pill that could reduce Covid-19 hospitalizations and deaths by 50%, according to their data.

Merck said it would seek emergency use authorization from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its mollupiravir drug “as soon as possible.” If allowed, it will become the first oral drug to fight COVID-19.

The news was welcomed by health experts, who also warned that it should not be a substitute for vaccination.

“It’s never okay to be infected,” Fauci told Granthshala’s Dana Bash Sunday.

What will the antiviral pill mean for the fight against COVID-19?

“It reduced the risk – this pill – of hospitalization and death by 50%. You know how to reduce the risk 100%? Don’t get infected in the first place,” he said.

A new study published on Friday in The Lancet Microbe journal suggests that protection may be short-lived, to protect those who relied on previous infections from COVID-19 again.

“Re-infection can happen in three months or less,” Jeffrey Townsend, a professor of biostatistics at the Yale School of Public Health and lead author of the study, said in a news release. “Therefore, those who have become naturally infected should get vaccinated. Previous infection alone may provide little long-term protection against subsequent infections.”

Vaccines for Kids on the Horizon

Parents hoping to vaccinate their children got some good news last week, with Pfizer announcing Tuesday that it had submitted Covid-19 vaccine data on children ages 5 to 11 to the FDA for preliminary review.

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The company has yet to seek emergency use authorization, but on Friday the FDA announced that its vaccine advisors would meet on October 26 to discuss the data.

The Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine is currently approved in the US for people 16 years of age and older, and has emergency use authorization for people 12 to 15 years of age.

On Sunday, Fauci warned that a child may be less likely to have serious consequences from a case of COVID-19, not a “benign condition.”

“We’re seeing very clearly now that, if you go to pediatric hospitals, although the risk is lower than that of adults, children in the hospital become seriously ill,” he said on Granthshala’s “State of the Union.” are.”

There is also the risk of prolonged Covid, where some survivors, including children, suffer symptoms for months after being infected, he said.

“You want to protect your child, but you also want to make the child part of the solution, primarily so that the infection doesn’t spread to other vulnerable people in your household or to other vulnerable people,” Fauci said. Very positive, good thing to get your kids vaccinated.”

Granthshala’s Mallory Simon contributed to this report.


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