US rates COVID-19 Cases, hospitalizations and deaths are improving; An optimistic sign for the future of the pandemic. But with so many Americans still unaffiliated, the numbers could still go back, Dr. Anthony Fauci told Fox News Sunday.

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“If we don’t do very well in that regard, there is 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 have seen at the National Institute of Allergy and Fauci, director of infectious diseases and chief medical adviser to President Joe Biden, appeared on Fox News Sunday with Joe Chris Wallace.

Although cases still remain high, averaging more than 85,000 infections a day, they have dropped by more than 8,000 from weeks ago, according to the data. Johns Hopkins University. And deaths have dropped by an average of more than 200 a day since the start of the month.

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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.

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.

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

“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.”

johnson & johnson booster

As more COVID-19 boosters potentially prepare to become available, experts say those who have received Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose vaccine are “very well protected,” but still One more shot should be found for maximum protection.

“The Johnson & Johnson vaccine isn’t quite as effective as Pfizer and Moderna. And the people who got[the J&J vaccine]back earlier this year are somewhat less protected, though they’re still are terrifyingly well preserved,” said National Institutes of Health director Dr. Francis Collins said.

Collins’ remarks come after a US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory committee recommended All adults receiving a single dose of Johnson & Johnson should receive a second dose at least two months after their first dose.

The FDA will consider the committee’s advice. Then the CDC’s vaccine advisors will be asked to consider it.

are experts give advice People who have received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine should get a booster shot as soon as it becomes available because it will give them the best protection against COVID-19, especially the more transmissible delta variant remains the dominant strain in the United States. . . But they are also reinforcing that the vaccine is highly effective against the worst of the virus.

Johnson & Johnson has indicated that its vaccine immunity has waned – but not by much. Still, the company said studies show that the booster dose enhances protection equivalent to the 94% efficacy shown by Moderna and Pfizer mRNA vaccines when they were first given in clinical trials last year.

Meanwhile, various real-world studies show that Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine was anywhere between 50% and 68% effective, Dr. Amanda Cohn with the CDC said on Friday.

“If the mRNA vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna weren’t so amazingly effective, 95%, Johnson & Johnson would have looked like a hero with their one dose, but I think our standards are set much higher here by other vaccines.” is being done,” Collins told CNN.

but a study published on thursday Till August of this year, there was a sharp decline in the effectiveness of the vaccine against the infection, especially for those who had received the vaccine for Jammu and Kashmir.

Researchers found, among more than 600,000 veterans, the J&K vaccine’s protection against infection fell from 88% in March to 3% in August. Meanwhile, Moderna’s vaccine protection against infection fell from 92% to 64%, and Pfizer’s dropped from 91% to 50% during the same time period.

“The performance of these vaccines against serious disease, keeping people out of hospital, is better than that, and that’s the main thing we’re interested in,” said Professor Dr William Schaffner in the Department of Infectious Diseases. Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville.

FDA Vaccine Advisory Committee also supported Emergency use authorization for booster shots of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine after six months, but not for everyone. Moderna recipients over age 65 and adults with conditions that put them at risk for serious illness or who work or live in a place that puts them at high risk of complications or serious illness, 50-microgram booster which is half the size of the primary two-dose series.

And whether booster shots will be available to everyone who has already been vaccinated, with health officials still working to determine.

Schaffner said, “I think that as more data comes in and … is carefully reviewed and scrutinized, I think an expansion of the recommendations may be in order. Not yet.”

Minnesota emergency and urgent care services suspended over nurses’ strike

In many places, hospital stress from COVID-19 has borne the brunt of nurses, and strikes in Minnesota have affected services.

According to a statement from 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, as they went on strike.

“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.”

Black people represent the largest share in new vaccinations

As public health officials speak of boosters, the 66 million Americans who are eligible for the vaccine still haven’t received their initial shots, while about 57% of the U.S. population is fully vaccinated, according to CDC.

Black and brown communities are bearing the brunt of the pandemic for a variety of reasons, including health care inequalities.

But there is some good news in terms of vaccination numbers for black people. According to the CDC, until recently, black people — who comprise 12.4% of the total U.S. population — have come to represent a slightly larger share of new vaccinations.

Since vaccination began, black people in the US have accounted for 10.6% of all people who have received at least one dose. But in the past two weeks, they have made 11.4% of new vaccinations.

The rise in vaccination follows two studies Published in April by CDC showed that racial and ethnic minority groups had higher rates of hospitalization for COVID-19 and sought more emergency department care for COVID-19 than white people.

Another analysis published earlier this month by the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) showed the gap in COVID-19 cases and deaths among black, Hispanic and white people is narrowing.

The KFF researchers found that while disparities still exist across different racial groups, the gap is improving for black and Hispanic people, based on an analysis of the CDC’s case and death data last month. But COVID-19 infections are more common among Native Americans and Alaska Natives.

Some in law enforcement are opposed to the vaccine, but COVID-19 is killing them more than pills

Meanwhile, COVID-19 has become leading cause of death For officials, despite law enforcement being among the first groups eligible to receive the vaccine in late 2020.

As of Saturday, there were a total of 476 COVID-19 related deaths since the start of the pandemic, compared to 94 from bullets in the same period.

Nevertheless, law enforcement officers and their unions across the country Has opposed the vaccine mandate, the delta version of COVID-19—fueled resurgence and despite the shots’ effectiveness in preventing severe cases and deaths.

The reasons cited for vaccine resistance among law enforcement officers range from mistrust to mistrust in the science of vaccines.

In Chicago, the police union chief asked officers not to comply with the mayor’s order to submit COVID-19 vaccination proof by Friday’s deadline.

Chicago Fraternal Order of Police President John Catanzara, in a video message posted to YouTube, urged officers to stand their ground against the mandate.

“I’m telling you right now. It’s an unfair …