It’s a serious toll that comes as hospitals in the US struggle to keep up with the volume of patients and more children are battling the virus. In hopes of managing the spread and preventing more unnecessary deaths, officials are implementing mandates for vaccinations in workplaces and masks in schools.
The country reported an average of over 152,300 new Covid-19 cases every day in the past week till Tuesday – more than 13 times compared to June 22, when the average was at its lowest in 2021 (11,303 daily). Johns Hopkins University data.
According to Johns Hopkins, there were an average of 1,805 new Covid-19 deaths in the US every day in the week to Tuesday – significantly higher than the year’s low average (218).
According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data, with only 54% of the population fully vaccinated, the rate of people starting vaccination each day (over 341,900) is down 4% from the previous week and 28 compared to a month earlier. % is less.
Experts say another layer of strong protection is masking.
The CDC advises people – even those who are fully vaccinated – to wear masks indoors in areas with substantial or high community transmission. Over 99% of the population lives in a county with one of those designations.
In Ohio, where children’s hospitals are overwhelmed with COVID-19 and respiratory cases, Governor Mike DeWine is encouraging schools to issue mask mandates after the state legislature has told them that it will take care of any mandates issued to them. will reverse.
“Reasonable people may disagree with many, but we can all agree that we should put our kids in the classroom so they don’t fall behind and so their parents can go to work and see their kids at home.” Don’t take the time,” Devin said.
Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told CNN on Tuesday that a combination of masks and vaccinations is the way to keep children in school.
Fauci told CNN’s Jake Tapper, “If you surround kids with people who are vaccinated and you’re all wearing masks, you can get into a situation where the kids will be relatively safe in school.”
Winemaking battles over vaccine mandate
To manage the spread of the virus, many officials and experts have promoted vaccine mandates – but others are opposing such measures.
Because the mandate does not require health care workers to receive their first dose of the vaccine until September 27, the judge’s order states that the temporary restraining order “does not, in practice, take effect until that date.”
The hearing is to be held on 28 September.
Following the ruling, New York Governor Cathy Hochul’s press secretary, Hazel Crampton-Hayes, said the governor was considering all legal options.
“Governor Hochul is doing everything in his power to protect New Yorkers and combat the delta variant by increasing vaccine rates across the state,” said Crampton-Hayes.
In Los Angeles, despite a mandate that all city employees be vaccinated against the virus, nearly a quarter of the police force is seeking exemptions, according to Mayor Eric Garcetti’s office. Those who have not been vaccinated will regularly be required to show evidence of weekly tests and a negative COVID-19 result upon reporting to work.
As of November 1, Nevada workers serving “vulnerable populations” must show proof of vaccination under a new emergency regulation passed Tuesday.
New employees must have at least one dose by their start date and follow the required vaccination schedule to remain employed. Workers are allowed to seek medical or religious exemptions.
The Pew report also found that nearly 80% of adults say they believe the need for masks on airplanes and public transportation is essential to address the spread of the virus, and that international travel is restricted. Should be
Booster Meeting Won’t Be a Slam Dunk
Unlike other meetings to discuss the vaccine, with a request from Pfizer to authorize a third dose for most people, it won’t be a slam dunk.
“It will be a lot messier than in December,” said Dr. Vanderbilt University infectious disease specialist. William Schaffner said. The FDA committee was quick to recommend authorization of vaccines made by Pfizer and rival Moderna last December.
When the FDA’s Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee meets on Friday, it will be presented with dialectical data, some of it suggesting a booster is needed, but other pieces of data suggesting that there is no such need. Not there.
Three separate articles published last week in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report suggest that we don’t need boosters.
On the other hand, an Israeli study found that over time, the potency of vaccines to protect people from getting very sick with COVID-19 decreased. Looking at illnesses in the second half of July, that study found that people who received a second dose of Pfizer’s vaccine in March were 70% more protected from serious illness than those who received a second shot in January. .
President Joe Biden last month announced plans to start giving booster doses next week. Although she would not say directly whether that date would be met, CDC Director Rochelle Valensky said Tuesday that she is hopeful about the timeline for taking the dose.
If the booster is approved, experts will still have to wait and see how much protection the third dose provides.
“I expect it to last us a long time, but I don’t know yet,” Fauci said. “We just have to promote, and then follow people enough to determine what the permanence of that protection is.”
Moderna said on Wednesday that the booster dose of its COVID-19 vaccine reduced antibody levels and that boosters designed to match the variants also worked as expected, according to their research team.
80 volunteers were given two doses of Moderna’s vaccine. Six months later his blood was tested and he received a third shot.
Moderna has begun its application for emergency use authorization of the third dose of its vaccine, but the FDA has not scheduled discussions on Moderna’s application.
CNN’s Ben Tinker and Deidre McPhillips, Liam Reilly, Kay Jones, Lauren Mascarenhas, Artemis Moshtaghian, Jane Selva, Andy Rose, Elizabeth Cohen and Virginia Langmead contributed to this report.