- Experts and officials are scrambling to slow the Covid-19 pandemic and Fauci stated that suppressing the virus is the “endgame” to the pandemic.
- Biden’s plan would impose strict new vaccine mandates on federal employees, large enterprises, and healthcare professionals.
- Data on Moderna’s vaccine for younger age groups is due in late October or early November.
With more than 75 million eligible Americans still not vaccinated, hospitals in many states are overwhelmed and fear that cases could grow further in the fall. Experts and officials are struggling to slow the Covid-19 pandemic, reports CNN.
“The one thing that we do know for sure… 160,000 cases a day is not where we want to be,” the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Disease Director, Dr. Anthony Fauci, told CNN’s Anderson Cooper on Thursday. “Unfortunately, that is where we are right now.”
New vaccine rule
President Joe Biden unveiled a plan to impose strict new vaccine mandates on federal employees, large enterprises, and healthcare professionals, affecting up to 100 million Americans.
“We’ve been patient, but our patience is wearing thin, and your refusal has cost all of us,” Biden said, his tone hardening toward Americans who continue to refuse vaccines despite ample evidence of their safety and full approval from the US Food and Drug Administration for one — the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine.
Dr. Paul Offit, Director of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Vaccine Education Center, said Biden’s declaration was significant because he “put his finger right on what the problem is right now in this country.”
Tackling the virus
The maximum fine for failing to comply with the federal need to wear a face mask when traveling will increase to $500-$3,000 on Friday, up from $250-$1,500 previously. The US would also enhance the availability of novel medicines, including monoclonal antibodies, to help Covid-19 patients affected by the Delta variant surge.
According to him, the medicines “have been shown to reduce the risk of hospitalization by up to 70% for unvaccinated people.”
According to the New York Police Department, employees who do not get vaccinated or produce confirmation of a recent negative Covid test will not be allowed to work and will not be paid.
Children’s vaccine in the fall
Although the vaccination campaign is primarily directed at adults in the United States, many experts and parents are concerned about protecting children from the virus when school begins around the country.
According to Joshua Shoutla, a spokesman for the Kentucky School Boards Association, 39 of the state’s 171 public school districts will have to close at some time during the 2021-22 school year owing to an increase in cases, quarantines, and/or personnel shortages. The Los Angeles Unified School District seeks to reduce the spread of the disease among kids by mandating all eligible youngsters to get vaccinated by the end of the calendar year, according to a majority decision by the school board of education. According to Fauci, data on Moderna’s vaccine for younger age groups would be available in late October or early November, after Pfizer’s data, due by the end of September. Fauci believes the corporations will request an emergency usage permit after the data is delivered.
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