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Found on CNN 9 months ago
If you're relying on your old vaccine from nine months ago or an infection from a year ago, that's probably not going to be good enough and that's one of the reasons we're urging all Americans — but particularly older Americans, particularly seniors — to get the new updated COVID vaccine, because I do think it's going to make a really big difference.
We have provided, I think, an extraordinary amount of transparency about his care : When he tested positive ; how he's done each day ; the evolving nature of his symptoms : is his runny nose a little worse, a little bit better ? like, we've been very, very open and transparent with all of that data.
We're looking at the company that makes it. We're looking at their ability to produce more. We're talking to them about contract manufacturing in the United States and being able to produce more vaccines here, so we're looking at a whole range of options. Obviously, if other tools that the federal government has at its disposal are helpful, we will not be shy about invoking those tools. But right now, we are looking at these sets of factors to see how much more vaccine can we get in United States.
The FDA and The CDC clearly believe that people need two doses. And the reason that New York and many other places have been able to move forward with a first dose out to everybody, is because we've been able to show them that more doses are coming and that second doses will be able to be given to people, so given that, we encourage people to go ahead and use up all their doses as first doses.
We can prevent serious illness, we can keep people out of the hospital and especially out of the ICU, We can save lives, and we can minimize the disruptions caused by COVID-19. Even in the face of BA.5, the tools we have continue to work, we are at a point in the pandemic where most COVID-19 deaths are preventable.
We expect an FDA decision shortly after the advisory committee meeting, and we look forward to this process playing out, the FDA authorization is not the final step in the process before vaccinations can begin. CDC must also issue its recommendations. If the FDA authorizes the vaccines, the CDC will have its advisory committee meetings and ultimately the CDC director will make her recommendations.
We were hit with the BA.1 -- wave of infections in December, January. We saw BA.2. And now we're seeing, in a large chunk of the country, BA.2.12.1. They are more contagious with more immune escape, and they are driving a lot of the increases in infection that we're seeing across the nation right now.
We're looking at a range of models, both internal and external models, and what they're predicting is that if we don't get ahead of this thing, we're going to have a lot of waning immunity, this virus continues to evolve, and we may see a pretty sizable wave of infections, hospitalizations and deaths this fall and winter.
We're seeing two sets of things happening : A lot of vaccinated people getting infected. We're doing fine. Largely avoiding getting particularly sick, avoiding the hospital ; a lot of unvaccinated people and high-risk people who have not gotten boosted and they're really filling up the hospitals, and so our hospital systems are under a lot of stress.
If we just don't vaccinate, then obviously one of the things we've known is we get big outbreaks, you can get more variants, it's going to be hard to do those large gatherings, indoor concerts, outdoor baseball games, this stuff will get much, much harder if we do not make more progress on vaccinations.
If we made IP available today, we will not add vaccines today. It's about tech transfer, knowledge of making vaccines. This is really about a complex biological agent. It's not clear to me that George Mason University.The moment India has a lot of unused vaccine capacity. The issue is building new capacity.
For selfish reasons, every country should be concerned about large outbreaks that are out of control, countries like the United Kingdom and United States are doing a great job with vaccinations, and they should be feeling great about United Kingdom, but United Kingdom's only as good as variants that are out there.
I think it’s critically important that we keep indoor mask mandates in for a while. We can’t give up on those, not while infection numbers are high. But it also means telling people what they can relax on, and wearing masks outside, again, unless you’re in a very, very crowded space for extended periods of time, probably doesn’t do much to protect you or protect others.
One is the underlying level of infection is rising, which is obviously the thing we are most concerned about, but in about 18 to 20 states, the number of tests that are being done is actually falling. And it's falling because our testing system is under such strain that we just can't even deliver the tests today that we were doing two weeks ago in about 18 to 20 states. That's very concerning because when cases are rising, and your number of tests are falling, that's a recipe for disaster.
It was good to have the President address the pandemic and the crisis that we are all in, i like the fact he acknowledged the importance of wearing masks and that he acknowledged things will get worse. Unfortunately, there was also a certain amount of misinformation about how great America is doing.
What we saw was,around Memorial Day, the country started to open up and some states were in pretty good shape and eventually opened very slowly, other states already had a lot of cases and they opened pretty rapidly, and what I think were seeing is a mix of some of that higher levels of cases and some outbreaks.
Even if we don't have increasing cases, even if we keep things flat, it's reasonable to expect that we're going to hit 200,000 deaths sometime during the month of September, and that's just through September. The pandemic won't be over in September.
Found on Reuters 3 years ago
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