Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said that if more people are not persuaded to get vaccinated by messages from health officials and “trusted political messengers,” additional schools and businesses may be needed.
“I think it’s going to be a game-changer because I don’t think people are going to want to not go to work or go to college… They are going to do that,” Fauci told CNN’s Jen Christensen at a interview with NLGJA, Association of LGBTQ Journalists, Sunday convention. “You would like them to do it on a completely voluntary basis, but if that doesn’t work, you have to look to the alternatives.”
The combination of the highly contagious Delta variant and refractory vaccines has placed the United States in a “very difficult time” of the Covid-19 pandemic, Fauci said.
Of the eligible population in the United States, which is currently limited to people 12 and older, 63% are fully vaccinated, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Experts and health officials aim to vaccinate the vast majority of the population to control the spread.
Companies that want their employees to return to work and stay on the job will benefit from the vaccine requirements, said U.S. Surgeon General Dr Vivek Murthy. The tenure will also benefit employees, he added.
“I think it will not only improve public health, but it will give people more peace of mind,” Murthy told CNN on Sunday.
As the debate over warrants continues, some hospitals are feeling the impact of delayed vaccination rates.
Colorado Governor Jared Polis sounded the alarm on Friday, saying, “We actually have the lowest rate of intensive care available that we have had since the start of this crisis, in part because of non -vaccinated with Covid and just other types of trauma that increase seasonally at this time of year. “
Polis said some hospitals in his state “were running very close to their capacity limits. And that wouldn’t happen if people were vaccinated.”
To boost or not to boost?
An international group of vaccine scientists, including some from the US Food and Drug Administration and the World Health Organization, said current evidence on Covid-19 vaccines does not appear to support the need for vaccines recall in the general public.
The authors of the article write that the vaccine’s efficacy remains high against serious illnesses, including the highly transmissible Delta variant, although less so for symptomatic illnesses.
The FDA and other public health agencies around the world continue to examine the evidence for the effectiveness of the Covid-19 vaccine and the role that booster doses of the vaccine may play in improving immunity against the virus. sickness.
Israel began its recall program on August 1; So far, booster shots have been given to 2.8 million people. To date, most of the country’s data on the effectiveness of booster injections has not been reviewed by external experts and published in a medical journal.
U.S. federal health officials have announced plans to offer booster doses this fall, starting September 20, subject to FDA clearance and CDC consent.
The FDA’s Vaccines and Related Biologics Advisory Committee meets on Friday to discuss the request by vaccine makers Pfizer and BioNTech to administer their Covid-19 vaccine as a third dose, or “booster” injection, people aged 16 and over.
Children could have access to vaccines by Halloween
Parents concerned about protecting their young children from the virus could have access to vaccines for them by Halloween, the former FDA commissioner said.
Pfizer’s board member Dr. Scott Gottlieb told CBS’s “Face the Nation” on Sunday that the company is expected to have vaccine data for children ages 5 to 11 ready for the FDA from here at the end of September.
“The FDA says it will be a matter of weeks, not months, to determine whether they will allow vaccines for children between the ages of 5 and 11. I interpret that to be maybe four weeks, maybe six. weeks, ”Gottlieb said. .
However, CDC director Dr Rochelle Walensky was more cautious about when children can be vaccinated. She said Monday that the CDC was urgently working on a Covid-19 vaccine for young children, with the hope that they will be vaccinated by the end of the year.
“We are waiting for the companies to submit the data to the FDA. We expect that to happen in the fall,” she told NBC’s “Today” show.
“We will look at this data from the FDA, CDC, with the urgency we all feel to get our children vaccinated and hopefully by the end of the year.”
In the meantime, the FDA has warned parents not to run to immunize their children until the agency approves.
“Children are not little adults – and issues that can be addressed in pediatric vaccine trials may include the need for different doses or different strength formulations of vaccines already in use for adults,” the FDA said Friday. in a press release.
Until it’s safe to vaccinate this age group, Dr James Versalovic, chief pathologist at Texas Children’s Hospital, told CBS that prevention is crucial.
“In addition to prevention… we must continue to stress to all parents and families the importance of early diagnosis through testing,” said Versalovic. “And then sort the care appropriately. Decide if this child needs hospital care. We know how to treat children at this point in the pandemic.”
NYC welcomes students again
The New York City public school system reopened Monday morning with 100% of its students back in classrooms.
“We have been working for 18 months to prepare for this day,” New York Chancellor of Education Meisha Ross Porter told CNN in an interview on Friday.
Department of Education officials said Monday that 74% of teachers and 66% of students aged 12 to 17 had been vaccinated in New York City.
US Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona appeared virtually from a school in the Bronx and praised New York officials for the plan to reopen.
“To all the families watching – they’ve worked so hard, they’ve prepared themselves, they’re doing everything to make sure your children and staff are safe,” Cardona said.
Also on Monday, New York began enforcing its vaccination passport rules, which make vaccinations mandatory for indoor meals, gyms and other places.
“This is the day we’ve been waiting for,” de Blasio said on Monday. History will remember it, he said, as “a game-changing day, a difference maker, a turnaround day. This is the day New York comes back in force.”
Dakin Andone, Jen Christensen, Elizabeth Cohen, Aya Elamroussi, Jessica Firger, Jacqueline Howard, Virginia Langmaid, Eric Levenson, Kristina Sgueglia, Elizabeth Stuart and Holly Yan of CNN contributed to this report.