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♪♪ >> you think this is just a community center? no, it's way more than that. >> comcast are partnering with them thousand community centers to create wi-fi so students from low income families can get the tools they need to be ready for anything. ♪♪ comcast supports c-span as a public service along with these other television providers giving a front row seat to democracy. the white house covid-19 response team held a briefing to give an update on government effort to combat the virus. topics covered included the adoptive parent cases in the u.s. and ongoing clinical vaccine trials for children younger than 12 years of age. >> good morning and thank you for joining us. today doctor will provide an update on the state of the
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pandemic. doctor fauci will present at the effectiveness of the vaccine in cases among the vaccinated. i will discuss our work to get more people vaccinated to help states curb the spread of the virus. doctor murphy will talk about the on the groundwork for supporting in communities to get more people vaccinated and then who will open up for questions. >> good morning, let's begin with an over the of the data. yesterday cdced reported 46318 w cases of covid-19 our seventh they average is about 37000 cases a day and this represents an increase of 53% from the prior seven day average. the seven day average of hospitalized missions is about 500, anan increase of about 32% from the previous seven days. the seven day average of daily deaths from alsora increased to7 today and increase of 19% from
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the previous seven days. today i want to speak about our need to come together against a common enemy. the delta. is spreading with incredible efficiency and now represent more than 83% of the virus circulating in the united states. compared to the virus we havelt circulating initially in the u.s. at the start of the pandemic, the adoptive parent more aggressive and much more transmissible than previously circulating. it's one of the most infectious respiratory virus we know of and that i have seen in my 20 year career. we recognize some of you still think about getting vaccinated, maybe urc local officials coming forward publicly to get vaccinated or maybe watch on local news that your community hospitals are getting fed or
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maybe covid-19 sickness has tragically hit you or your community closer to home. if you are still on the fence, if you still have questions about the vaccine, please welcome them. my request to you is this. ask yourlk questions, talk to yr healthcare provider and pharmacy. talk to friends and neighbors who've gone vaccinated and get your questions answered so you feel comfortable and informed making this critical decision. please continue to do the things d we know work to protect you ad your families until you are fully vaccinated. if you are not vaccinated,d, please take the delta. seriously. he remains in search of the nex vulnerable person to affect. please consider getting vaccinated and take precautionn until you do. if you've already had covered, cdc guidance stronglyvi recommes
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that you get vaccinated. it gives you longer-lasting more robust protections with breath depth coverage needed to conquer the varied currently circulated this country. those of you who have already gotten vaccinated, i know your watching arising cases and have questions about what it means for you. i know you're probably worried whether you they will get public despite being vaccinated in which activities are safe. let's start with the first concern. being fully vaccinated gives you a high degree of protectionre against protection and even higher against severe illness, hospitalization and death and that's with the vaccines were designed for and what the clinical trials studied and the vaccines generally do their jobs quite well. these vaccines are the most effective we have in modern medicine and the good news is
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that current scientific evidence shows current vaccines are working as they did in clinical trials even against the delta variance. and finally, our data showing infections are most blessed and vaccinated people compared to undocumented people. most of us is mild. the most important public health is to increase vaccination coverage in all communities globally. there are places in this country where cases are high in the delta. our also really high and many of these areas have no vaccine coverage. in areas with high vaccine coverage and flow rates of disease transmission, their chances of you coming into contact with someone infectious is relatively low. in contrast, in areas with low vaccine coverage and highmu transmission, there is a much higher chance of coming in close
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contact with one or many who are infected with the infection and that's the greatest risk for those not fully vaccinated. whether you are vaccinated or not, please know we, together, are not out of the woods yet and he will want to make thoughtful decisions to protect your health and the health of yourco family and community. we are yet in another moment in this pandemic with cases rising again and some hospitals reaching capacity in some areas. we need to come together as one nation unified to protect the health of our self, our children, our community, our country and future with the tools we have available. >> thank you very much.h. what i would like to address is the phenomenon that many have been speaking about lately and that is the incurrence of
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infection after both vaccination so let's give a bit of a background, what we mean by that? that is the detection covert equal to 14 days after completion of all recommended doses of what would be an easy way authorized vaccines. it's important to remember infections after vaccination are expected. no vaccine is one 100% effective in even if vaccine does not completely protect against infection, usually successful protects against serious disease and that's what i would like to spend a moment on. if i can have the next slide. this is so slight i put together several years ago trying to describe the situation with vaccines against standard
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childhood and adult diseases as well as difficulties of having developing against hiv so when you think about vaccines being successful or unsuccessful, you have to look at it in multiple subsets. for example, one element of successful vaccine in which there is no illness but no replication of the virus note dissemination of the virus and clearance of the virus. that's something that's an unusual feat for vaccine to give truly what we call sterilizing's immunity. there is also within the framework of a successful vaccine one in which there is no clinical illness but there is replication of the virus. it doesn't disseminate throughout the body. it stays at the level of entry.
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the upper airway g.i. tract or what have you. another element is one in which there might be mild illness but doesn't interfere with the function of the person, it has replication. mild, very mild dissemination but ultimately the virus is clear. you have a failure of a vaccine when you get right disease. you haven't prevented the disease caused by the virus where the pathogen in question. in this you get substantial replication dissemination and unless you have a lethal virus that kills it, ultimately the virus is cleared so what we are talking about when we talk about infection after vaccinationxt which is clearly being discussed now in the context of the delta. , by no means does it mean your
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dealing with an unsuccessful vaccine. the success of the vaccine is based on the prevention of illness so let's look at it briefly. these are the data i have shown you multiple times about the efficacy of the pfizer and magenta. ninety-five and 94% respectively. it's not one harbored one 100% effective. the same holds true for the j&j which in the u.s. is 72% effective against clinically recognizable disease, not one 100% effective so go to the last slide, we are dealing with effectiveness against serious disease leading to hospitalization and in some cases, death. the bearing it is at 80% into
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this country, it's the one we are dealing with so even though seen infection after vaccination referred commonly as breakthrough infractions, the effectiveness still substantial. which is yet again another argument which all of us say continually get vaccinated, it offers good protection against disease. >> thank you, it is clear we are experience import many other countries are experiencing. count driven by the transmissible. we are concerned with the rise in cases among feet on vaccinated. but we are also clear we are at a very different situation than we were earlier this year for three reasons.
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first as doctor fauci showed, our vaccines work. fully vaccinated individuals have a high degree of protection against severe illness, hospitalization and death. while we will see some cases among those who are vaccinated as to be expected with any vaccine, these cases are generally mild. that's more proof that the vaccines work. on vaccinated individuals, if not virtually all, 97% of covert hospitalization and deaths in the u.s. second, we have fully vaccinated 162 million americans including 80% of those most vulnerable. individuals five years and older. as a result we are fundamentally changing the course of this pandemic. the threat is predominantly only be on vaccinated.
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the data is clear. the case in communities with low vaccination rates. in fact, the counties with the highest case rates significant he has lower vaccination rates in counties with lower rates. this week, three states, florida, texas and missouri, three states with lower vaccination rates attempted for 40% of all cases nationwide. the second week in a row, one in five of all cases occurring in florida alone and within communities, the cases are primarily among on vaccinated people. of third reason here in different situation earlier than in the year, we are continuing to make more progress by increasing the numberng of vaccinated americans. and finally, states are the highest case rates are seen
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vaccination rates go up. in the past week, five states with the highest case rates, arkansas, florida, louisiana, nevada have higher rates of people getting vaccinated compared to national average.y this is a very positive trend. the second week in a row, states with lower vaccination and higher case rates are seen vaccination rates grow faster than the national average. people in these states areng feeling the impact the vaccinated and responding with action. across the country in the past ten days, 5.2 million americans got the shot so each day, hundreds of thousands of americans choose to protect themselves, their kids and their neighbors by getting the first shot.
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just as importantly, hundreds of thousands more are getting their second shot to being fully vaccinated. these americans step up to do their part. each shop matters, each additional person fully vaccinated is a step closer to putting the pandemic behind us. in our fight against the virus from additional to get more shots in arms and in particular in rural communities. as the president said last night, on vaccinated people know and trust people in their own community to get accurate information about vaccines and help answer their questions. today we are not there sending $100 million to support outreach efforts in these communities where we are generally seeing
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these objects. this funding made possible by the american rescue plan will provide 2000 rural health clinics to better reach on vaccinated americans in the wilderness with information about covid-19 vaccine. doubling down on efforts tots detect my part checked and response to ... variance. testing testing capacities are a key part of the spots because we know quickly and how prevent outbreaks contain the virus. last week we announced 400 milli- dollars in american rescue plan for 1500 small rural hospitals.
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today as part of our efforts to reach more vulnerable individuals we are making an additional $1.6 billion investment in american rescue plan funding to bolster testing and medication measures andig high-risk aggregate setting including homeless shelters, mental health and substance abuse treatment centers, domestic violence shelters in prison systems. these resources will help local health officials and communities identify potential outbreaks before they happen and prevent p further spread of covid-19. covid-19 search response teams working with governors and local public health officials to identify pacific needs on the ground and provide federal resources to support to fight outbreaks due to the spread of the delta.
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we are not providing cdcs technical expertise including genetic sequences, data analysis at outbreak response. missouri, illinois and colorado. fema will deploy mobileth vaccination clinics in north carolina and today hhs secretary sarah traveling to nevada where we have deployed federal resources and 100 personnel to support local health officials as they work to mitigate the spread of delta an increase vaccinations. in closing, our whole government response continues to everything we can to get more americans fully vaccinated and protected from the virus and help communities curb the spread of the delta variant. the president said, it's up to each and every american to do their own part. we know everyone vaccination journey is different. we are ready to get more
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americans vaccinated whenever, wherever they are ready so please, if you're on vaccinated, consider vaccination today. it free, available, it's easy and works in its never been more important. >> thank you and it's great to be with all of you again today. we are all seen the numbers, it's troubling. it's another reminder we are not out of the woods yet but it's important to not lose sight of how far we've come. cases are down dramatically from january peak averaging 200,000 plus cases a day. click on more than 151 million people fully vaccinated which is a high end of degree of production against production. there still choosing to get
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vaccinated and that's all we need. time and time again during this past year, faxing safe lives. 99.5% of covid-19 deaths 97% of hospitalizations are among the on vaccinated and why really every death from covered preventable tragedy, i'd like to share a few updates how wee continue tope support people making their decisions about the vaccine. first, we are ramping up our work with communities about this summer we seen people in every community steppingp up to get their loved ones and neighbors vaccinated. in these include mentors from the group choose healthy life working with powerful networks of 48 and five cities to vaccinate people. it includes the american multi- case women empowerment counsel to engage theirir communities through text banking, social
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media and door-to-door canvassing. healthcare professionals have been stepping up and more conversations in earlier this summer, the chapter of the sorority, an organization that had more than 1145 conversations about vaccination, barbershops,t grocery stores and throughout their communities and we continue to work with student covid-19 community or where students participate to learn best practices and hear from their peers how they can talk about vaccines with their friends and family and community members and working with platforms like twitch to answer questions about the vaccine. informally, we are increasingly asking vaccinated people to help get their family and friends vaccinated in the important of this, family and friends talk with family and friends, is underscored by recent data found one in five adults who were unsure about the vaccine in
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january have now been vaccinated and when asked what changed their mind, it was talking to family, friends and their doctors and people they knew who had been vaccinated we need to keep having these conversations, reminding people vaccination is still the best way to keep our family and friends safe from the worst outcomes of covered.un the second way we are gaining ground as by addressing health miss information and advisory to call the nation's attention to the drought of health information. we have continued to emphasize what individuals need to do to s stop this in its tracks. asking everyone to raise their own bar for sharing health information by checking to make sure it's backed by credible tscientific sources. if you're not sure, don't share and we will continue to say that on social media. in conversations convening with people around the country. we are mobilizing other
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stakeholders to address this from technology and healthcare professionals and community-based organizations. right after this briefing from my office will post a conversation with community organizations around the country to discuss the steps they take to stop the spread of health misinformation. bottom line -- misinformation is a threat to our health speed, skill and sophistication with which it is spreading is unprecedented. i will not hesitate to say that and call for greater accountability and action to address health misinformation. a word about equity. we recognize equity must be at the center of our work different confront help misinformation and here is my. technology needs it, some people to have more limited access to hector information and when they encounter this information, it can worsen the health outcomes which exacerbates health inequities and becomes a vicious
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cycle. the front of the delta variant is here while infection rates and what we are seeing primarily among the undocumented, it's more important than ever before we not let our guard down and that's why i ask everyone to talk to your family and friendsd to get vaccinated because you could save a life. that's the movement got to expand in our country. we made great progress thanks to the hard work millions of people across the country, we should not forget that andot we shoulde proud of it but we have moret work to do to enter this pandemic and look forward to taking questions and i'll turn it back to you. >> thank you. let's open up for a few questions. i believe we are having trouble
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hearing the question. [silence] we are taking a minute to sort through some technical issues. [silence] >> hello? >> okay, we can hear. >> great, thank you. this question is for doctor zelensky. last night president biden indicated the vaccine may be
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approved for children under 12 as soon as august, september or october. is there anything you can shareo what led to that timeframe and any luminaries data showing so far for children dissipating in clinical trials. one more quick thing, if you anticipate approval will be for all children under 12 are likely separated by age group x? >> maybe i will say we are looking at the clinical trialng data now and waiting for the data to come in. your approval of the data and authorization will be regulatory so after we have seen the data, i have not seen it myself, after we see something we will grow to the fda for the regulatory process. >> doctor fauci, anything to add? we are having trouble hearing doctor fauci.
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>> sorry, it was on mute. just what she said, the clinical trial in progress of doing an age de-escalation, that's a second part of the question so they will do 12 to nine years old from nine to six, six to two and spent six months to two years. the data are being collected right now. ultimately as she said, this will be a regulatory decision based on the data accumulated. >> i'll reiterate what we talked about before, the fda is the gold standard for vaccine review and approval to run independent and rigorous scientific process and when that is complete, the america people can rest assure the fda maintain these standards throughout. next question. >> let's try sabrina again.
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>> great, i want to make sure you can hear me. >> yes. >> all right, thank you so much. this is a question for doctor fauci who talked about how effective the vaccines are at preventing severe illness. i'm curious if we know more about what the risks of breakthrough cases resulting long covered is given how recently people have been vaccinated, how long might it take to identify trends among those who have been vaccinated? >> that's an object of an intensive study right now bottom individuals with various levels of seriousness of disease as to what the incidence and prevalence will be of long covered. we don't have enough information right now to give you an accurate number of what that is but that is something that being actively followed right now. >> next question.
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>> thanks so much for taking my call. this is a question for doctor stravinsky. one of their concerns is masking policy, some people don't wear a mask at all. requiring proof of vaccination to get into bars and restaurants and others suggested asking regulations change if cases go above 100,000, are there any works of clarifying or changing cdcs masking policy? >> thank you. as we have said consistently, this is for unvaccinated have said if you're unvaccinated, you need to be wearing a mask to protect yourself and others around you and we need more people to get vaccinated.
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overall, cdc recommendations have not changed. fully vaccinated people are protected from severe illness and we always said communities and individuals make decisions based on their local area if you are an area that has a high case rate and flow rates of vaccination work delta cases are rising, you should certainly wear a mask if you're unvaccinated. if you're vaccinated, you get exceptional protection from the vaccine and make the personal choice to add extra layers of protection. >> next question. michael of new york times. >> hi, can you hear me? >> yes. >> this is for jeff probably. one specific and one general question. specific is there is a report overnight about the white house discussing masks, discussing mandates in light of l.a.
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county's decision and the rise in the delta variant, can you tell us whether that is correct, but if the white house has discussions about that than on a broader level, i wonder if you could go on the moment we are in compared to where we were two or three weeks ago when the president welcomed the world back to normal with a fourth of july party on the white house lawn and it felt like we were going in a different direction. the president said yesterday he was frustrated by all of this. how much of a different place rbn and what is this forever but goingve back to school and workn the fall? >> on masking i think you heard a strong summary from the doctor and that where we are. we will follow the signs and public health guidance by her
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and her team at the cdc so we will continue to follow the signs and cdc on mass guidance or recommendations. the president captured it well last night consistent with this message july 4, significant progress of 152 million people vaccinated and fully vaccinated people a high degree of protection evenec against more transmissible delta bearing it. if you are not vaccinated from a classmate july 4, we need to get vaccinated or you do not have a high degree of protection for yourself or your friends and family and community so we have made significant progress, we are in a different place than we were several months ago i getting 152 million people vaccinated we have a lot more work to do and unvaccinated people need to roll up their
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sleep as soon ass possible and get the vaccination. >> a couple more questions. >> thank you. our to circle back on this, so we have complete clarity, is the cdc considering right now changing its mask guidance for people fully vaccinated? >> there always looking at the data as the data come in. our guidance has been clear since we put it out several months ago. if you're unvaccinated, you should continue to wear a mask and protect yourself against others around you and more important, you should go get vaccinated to get better layers of protection. we've always had communities, local communities have to look at what's going on in this country right now. in areas that have high amounts of disease and low amounts of
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vaccination, if you're unvaccinated, you should absolutely be wearing a mask. if you're vaccinated, you have exceptional levels of protection from theu vaccine and you may choose to have an extra layer of protection and it's a very individual choice that's consistent with cdc guidance. >> one more question. >> thank you for taking my question. a lot of people who have got the jk vaccine are wondering if they can or should get a booster. i know it's not recommended at this time but are you recommending against the or should there doctors make a decision about that? also wanted an update in early june, he announced a plan to share 80 million doses by the end of june, it's middle to late
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july, what has stopped you from meeting that goal? >> why don't we start with the j&j vaccine booster question, doctor fauci. >> thank you. the j&j vaccine, the data i showed on the efficacy slide was one of the slides i showed, it's a very effective vaccine. there's no reason to believe right now that people who have taken the j&j vaccine are in need of a booster dose of any sort. there's no data to indicate that the case. >> on the global front as you know, the president is committed to sharing 580 million doses of vaccines for the world half a billion doses of pfizer are donated to those 100 or so cases in need. this is by far the largest ever termination of covered vaccine.
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we shared 80 million by june and they have shipped. in the air or arrived the recipient country and for continue to share tens of millions of doses across the summer months. thank you for joining and we look forward to seeing you at the next meeting. ♪♪ >> c-span is your unfiltered view of government funded by these television companies and more including charter communications. ♪♪ ♪♪ >> charter communications supports c-span as a public service along with these other television providers giving a front row seat to democracy.
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