tv White House COVID-19 Response Team Holds Briefing CSPAN July 16, 2021 9:52pm-10:27pm EDT
efforts. this briefing is 30 minutes. >> good morning and thanks for joining us. today doctor wolensky will talk about the delta variant and the pandemic and then doctor fauci will present aid on - - data from other countries i will provide an update on how we are working on a number of fronts to manage this virus and doctor murphy will talk about misinformation and disinformation and then we will open it up for questions now doctor wolensky. >> good morning beginning with an overview of the data yesterday cdc reported more than 33000 new cases of covid-19. the seven-day average is 26300 cases per day this represents an increase of 70 percent from
the prior seven-day average the household admissions is 2790 per day and increase of 36 percent from the seven-day period after weeks of decline the seven-day average daily deaths have increased by 26 percent at 211 per 2 day. today doctor fauci and i want to provide perspective of these numbers and how we should be thinking about where we are at this critical moment in the pandemic. there is a clear message. this is becoming a pandemic of the end vaccinated. outbreaks of cases and parts of the country with low vaccination coverage because unvaccinated people areyte at risk. communities fully vaccinated are faring well generally. you can see the patterns of local outbreaks. the blue and yellow counties have lower moderate
transmission orange and red has substantial to high transmission on the left where we were a month ago now compare it to wherere we are on the right. in the last week 10 percent of counties have moved into high transmission riskk and 7 percent moved into substantial risk those counties most frequently correspond to low vaccination rates. over time we can put that increase into perspective in january averaging 200,000 cases per day the entire country was on high level of transmission t january through june moving from left to right we made remarkable progress with a counties with high transmission decreased as shown by the decrease in red and increases of blue and yellow now in the upper right
handr corner, today come you can see the recent flows of cases red and orange are again increasing. so while we're in a far better position january through april this increase of red area gives us a reason to double down to getor more people vaccinated. the good news if you are fully vaccinated you are protected against severe covid hospitalization and death and even protected against the known variants including the delta variant circulating in this country. if you are not vaccinated you remain at risk in the biggest concern is we will continue to see preventable cases, hospitalizations and deaths among thete unvaccinated. lastly i want to reiterate the importance of getting fully vaccinated. people who got the pfizer and motor enough vaccines are most effective especially against
the delta variant even with two shots in a series they are effective two weeks after the second dose each exceeding 90 percent effectiveness against severe disease, hospitalization and death. not completing the series those of partially vaccinated are at risk we recommend they get vaccinated on schedule that if you are beyond that window io want to reiterate there is no bad time to get the second shot. do it for yourself, your family and your community and protect your young children who right now cannot get vaccinated themselves. with that i will turn it over to doctor fauci. >> thank you. i would like to continue along the lines that dr. wolensky had mentioned that now look at it from the global standpoint.
clearly the delta variant is dominant in the world.. if you look at this map of the world there are 100 countries that now have the delta variant detected in june of 2020. if you look at the average daily prevalence worldwide and the right-hand part of the slide, you see the extraordinary surgeon the dominance of this variant worldwide w and as was mentioned in several briefings that we have had to see an increase in our own country to the point of now having 50 percent dominance and greater than 70 percent. that is sobering news but look worldwide with hospitalizations.
although israel has the same issue with the dominance of the delta strain, there hospitalizations have dramaticallyit diminished. look at the far right as of a couple of days ago, they are very a low. next, the uk similar definition and hospitalizations. however, look at the trend on the far right-hand part of the slide there is an uptick reflecting what dr. wolensky told youju of the slight uptick of hospitalizations in her own country. we know the vaccines listed on the left-hand part of the slide used inn this country, namely pfizer and moderna and j&j in clinical effectiveness studies show the
effectiveness of these vaccines against the delta variant and against hospitalization. and with the delta variant which clearly reflects what we see with moderna 96 percent effective against hospitalization. the bottom line is we are dealing with a formidable variant with the delta variant as reflected by what doctor - - dr. wolensky told you and that vulnerability for those that are not vaccinated which account for infections and hospitalizations in the death so the message loud and clear is that these vaccines continue strong protections against covid to including the
delta variant that is so important for yourself and your community to get vaccinated. >> stepping back we have come a long way in our fight against this virus. because we have fully vaccinated more than 160 million americans, we have fundamentally changed the course of this pandemic from one that put the lives and livelihoods of all americans at risk to one that predominantly threatens unvaccinated people. as dr. walensky said, as the more transmissible delta variant continues to spread across the country, we will likely continue to experience an increase in covid cases in the weeks ahead with these cases concentrated in communities with lower vaccination rates. just four just for states accounted for more thanfo 40% of all cases in
the past week with one in five of all cases occurring in florida alone. within communities, these cases are primarily among unvaccinated individuals. at the same time, doctor fauci said because we have so many people fully vaccinated including about 80% of seniors, those most vulnerable, those over 65 years of age, we will likely see smaller increases in hospitalizations similar to the israel and uk experience. the bottom line continues to be very simple. while fully vaccinated individuals have a high degree of protection against serious illness from covered including the delta. , unvaccinated americans are not protected against serious illness, hospitalization and death. we are seeing it in the data,
unvaccinated americans hospitalization cowrote deaths. each of the 19thh death is tragic those happening are even more tragic because they are preventable. every american involved, no matter where they live as vaccines readily available. the vaccines work. it's safe, it's free and readily available and never been more important. as we manage the virus, the whole of government efforts continue to work to get more people vaccinated, address areas where we see outbreaks among the unvaccinated and prepare for every scenario. first and foremost we continue
to vaccinate hundreds of thousands of new people each day. unvaccinated americans meeting where they are my answering questions, helping them make up their mind and making it even easier and more convenient to get a shot as soon as they are ready to do so. we are doing this by trusting and empowering messengers, trusted messengers to have the conversations we know work whether it vaccinated people in communities across the country talking directly to theirmu neighbors, sharing their own vaccination journey and answered questions for its libya using her voice and platform to spread the word. we are working with doctors, pharmacists, lawyers and educators school administrators tost bring vaccines to where people are. as doctor murphy will discuss, we are taking this information and miss information had on.
we continue to see efforts to mislead the american people about the importance of vaccinations. those who promote dangerous lies are harming the very people most at risk and furthering a pandemic already taken more than 600,000 american lives. we are calling on everyone, social media platforms, news organizations, individual americans to halt the activity out and help get the facts out dear friends, families and communities so we are protecting fellow americans, not purposely putting them in harms way. as i said last week, vaccinating more and more americans each day is an individual by individual. community by community effort and this type of localized person to person approach takes time but itt is working.
in the past ten days, 5 million americans have rolled up their sleeves to get a shot in the arms. millions more americans will get vaccinated across the summer months. importantly, states with the highest case rates are seen vaccination rates go up. in fact, in the past week five states with the highest rate, arkansas, florida, louisiana, missouri and nevada at a higher rate of getting people newly vaccinated compared to the national average. at the same time are covered search response teams are working with governors and local public health officials to provide specific federal resources and capabilities to fight outbreaks due to the spread of thehe delta variant. we are already help identify and address specific needs including
testing, therapeutics and vaccinations. this week at the request of the nevada governor, we are deploying for the 100 people to the state to help enhance vaccine access to support vaccine outreach efforts and we are providing technical expertise including genetic sequencing, data analysis and outbreak response to missouri, to help the state in its response. we stand ready to support state partners with the help they need to curb the spread of the virus and increase vaccinations in their state. finally, we continue to be prepared for any and every scenario including the possibility of booster shots if and when science shows they are needed. at this time, the cdc and fda said americans will be vaccinated do not need a booster
shot. independent and rigorous scientific cdc fda processes will determine if and when boosters are needed and whoee might need a booster shot. i want too be clear the signs will guide this doctor lewinsky and doctor fauci are making clear this is a question they are continuallyth evaluating. we are ready for whatever the science tells us, secured enough vaccine supply if needed we will in short americans who might need a booster shot areht able o get it quickly and easily. before i turn over, let me reiterate the best thing we can do right now is get more americans vaccinated. every person matters, every shot matters, every shot is progress, another life protected, another community that's safer, another step for putting the pandemic
behind us. now i'll turn it over to doctor murphy. >> thank you so much and it's great to be with all of you again today. for months we've talkedit about barriersag getting vaccinated ad today i want to focus on the challenge of miss information affecting millions of americans. yesterday i issued a general advisor of the dangers of misinformation, certain advisors are reserved for urging public health threats and route the trust have been related to what we eat, drink and, as information poses an urgent insidious threat to our nation's health. this information is false, inaccurate or misleading information about health according toin the best evidence at the time. during pandemic, health misinformation has led people to resist wearingas masks at high risk settings to turn down proven treatment and in some
cases turn to unproven treatment choose not to get vaccinated. all this has led to avoidable illnesses and deaths. simply put, of misinformation has cost us lives. just this week i traveled to new mexico to meet with youth leaders, clinician and public health leaders from across the state. a common threat that ran through the conversation with their struggle to help their communities navigate information aboutt covid-19. health misinformation has been a problem long before covered. what's different now is the speed and scale and with health misinformation is spreading. if you want to address this misinformation, we need and all of society response and that's why the advisory recommendations for everyone. we include regulations for individualsre and families and asking people to raise the bar for sharing health information by checking sources before they share information to ensure credible scientific sources as
we have seen the advisor, if you are not sure, don't share and we are asking others to do their part inor every chapter from health and education research in philanthropy and government. very important, technology companies must act as well. technology companies enabledis misinformation to poison our information environment, accountability to their users it allowed people to intentionally spread misinformation what we call disinformation, extraordinary reach. in this advisory we are telling technology companies we expect more. we are asking to operate with greater transparency, modify algorithms and avoid amplifying misinformation swiftly and consistently take action against misinformation super spreaders on their platforms. shortly after, we saw organizations at the rockefeller foundation and the public library of america and the
american academy of pediatrics step up and respond to this call to action by committing their time, resources and networks confronted misinformation and i am encouraged. turning the tide against misinformationon with all of us, the longer we wait, the more lives we lose. as someone who has lost ten family members to covid-19 and who wishes each andan every day that they have had access to the vaccine, painful to know that nearly every death we are seeing now from covid-19 could have been prevented. the truth is across our nation the voices of doctors, nurses and scientists in public health experts are too often been drawn out by misinformation. misinformation locks us of our freedom to make decisions for our health based on science and facts. addressing health disinformation is an urgent challenge, moral and civic responsibly that we must meet together and that's why i issue this advisory.
if you read surgeon general.gov, thank you for your time and i'll pass it back. >> thank you. let's take a few questions. >> we only have time for a few questionsqu today. carl o'donnell first. >> thank you for taking my question, i'm wondering if you could share a little bit more detail around boosters, i've said they are not needed now, i have heard commentary suggesting immunocompromised people and the elderly, they might be needed this year, part of next year and i know this, i am curious. >> doctor fauci.
>> as doctor michelle has said multiple times, the cdc is looking at a number of different cohorts that will get the information that will be aided if and when and to whom we will be giving boosters. i think we should be making sure people understand because the question often gets asked, particularly along the undocumented, if you're talking about boosting people, does that meanhe the vaccine doesn't work? that is not the case at all. no we are dealing with highly effective vaccines. when you talk about a third shot for a two shot vaccine regiment for another shot for the j&j single dose regiment, you're talking about enhancing the durability of an already highly effective vaccine that what's being actively studied right now so clearly real time we talk
about this on a daily basis and evidence is being accumulated on a daily and weekly basis and when we get enough information to make that decision and m that will be forthcoming but as we have all said at this particular time, right now we don't recommend boosters for people. >> i want to also be crystal clear from an operational perspective, we are prepared for every scenario including the possibility of boosters if and when as doctor fauci said shows they are needed and when so we have secured enough vaccine supply and if needed we will short americans who might need a booster shot are able to get one quickly easily and the science will guide us and as said, i've made it clear this is a question they are continually evaluating.
>> are just going to say in regard to the immunosuppressive population, this is a bit of a different scenario where we might be concerned they didn't get full protection from the initial two doses so we'd be looking at a third prime dose in that situation and that is a situation the advisory committee will look at next week. >> thank you. next question. >> thank you for taking my question. on vaccinated people we've spoken to believe they will likely if they get affected with coronavirus and so i'm wondering if we will continue to take a picture of who's being hospitalized by the delta variance, is the rate of younger people being hospitalized by coronavirus not any different than what we were seen at other surges in the pandemic and are we seeing any breakthrough infections among more vulnerable
people who have been vaccinated who might have been around younger people, is there any more data you can share with us? >> regard to the breakthrough infections we are seeing, certainly we are seeing them but remember the denominator of the vaccinated people. when you're talking about young people specifically y getting hospitalized, we are seeing younger people hospitalized right now relatively speaking to a more extent than we were before because when we did not have the large group of elderly people vaccinated than the elderly people dominated the people are hospitalized and got into trouble we have more protection among people because 85% of people utterly greater than 65 are vaccinated when you look at the relative number of people hospitalized, clearly we
are seeing younger people from a relative few more than we have seen before because of the available protection which is much more dominant. >> maybe i'll add when we look at the demographics of people being hospitalized we are seeing them go up in all demographics, exactly what doctor fauci noted for the vaccinated and unvaccinated but over 97% of people entering the hospital right now are unvaccinated. >> asked question. >> thanks so much. i've got two questions, one on breakthrough cases and second went on news that broke. for these cases, i can tripping to the spread of coronavirus or mainly unvaccinated people that is happening -- a pandemic of the unvaccinated secondly,
pfizer announced the fda granted a priority review designation for their approval of their vaccine. they said the goal date for the decision is january 2022. does that mean we are not going to see full approval for their vaccine until january 2022 or is that a must-have decision by date? >> doctor fauci on breakthrough cases. >> what we do know in the case we've looked at, if you are vaccinated and get infected and compare that person if you are asymptomatic infected breakthrough vaccinated case, compare that to someone who is infected but not vaccinated a symptomatic level of virus in the nasopharynx of the
vaccinated person isin considerably less than the virus in the nasopharynx of a person infected, unvaccinated and asymptomatic. based on that, you could make a reasonable assumption that the rate of transmissibility from the asymptomatic vaccinated person to another infected person would be less likely if the person was unvaccinated but the actual study whether or not the transmission w occurred, a t of study on going right now so we don't havee the data, clinicl data but i think one could make the reasonable assumption based on the level of virus in the nasopharynx it would be less likely vaccinated breakthrough person wouldel transmit compared to an unvaccinated person. >> the second question, we will
divert to the fda. next question. >> miller of debut. >> for all during this. the president said he was hoping for a timeline, to set a timeline for travel restrictions lifted in the next couple of days. something you talk about the objectives metric for when these could be used this is becoming a pandemic of the unvaccinated, how does that change the administration response to the pandemic, large-scale medication is going up, past mandates because -- how did this change the strategy? >> do you want to take this second russian and i'll make a
comment on international travel? >> absolutely. as we have said, this is heterogeneous across the country, the decisions are being made at the local level. if you have high case rates, but i would say local policymakers might consider whether masking at that time would be helpful for their community until they scale up vaccination rates because of this. >> there's a lot of government and stuff we are doing and will continue to do more for this is our moment when we need technology companies to step up and do more. who want to work closely with schools and employers to get help increasingly getting people vaccinated in schools and workplaces. it will take each one of us as americans across the country looking to family and friends and asking them if they are
vaccinated. vaccination campaign is a move by trusted relationships so we got people in your life who trust you and look to you for advice then use that power to get them information and get them vaccinated and protected from covered it will take all of us, government plays an important role but it has to be in all of the above strategies with everybody in. >> at international travel, as we have talked about today, important progress on the pandemic at the same time, we have increase in cases and the existent of the delta. and we will continue to put health first, any decisions about international travel will vebe guided by public health and medical experts and they will look at many metrics including case rates, vaccination rates the prevalence of any variance including the delta variance. as you heard yesterday, the
president said we will plan to update him in the next few days on the metrics in public health and we mustc remain vigilant particularly about the spread variance and we will reopen on the medical folks and help experts believe it is safe to do so. i want to thank everybody for joining today's briefing and look forward to next week. thank you. ♪♪ >> c-span is your unfiltered view of government funded by these television companies and more including comcast. >> you think it's just a community center? no, it's way more than that. comcast partnering with 1000 committee centers to create wi-fi enabled community centers so low income families can get the tools they need to be ready for anything. a front row seat to democracy.
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