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>> saturday on the communicators, brookings institute vice president darrell west discusses his book turning point, policymaking in the era of artificial intelligence. >> it is not just one revolution taking place, it is 10 or 20, or 30 different things taking place simultaneously. it is the growing ubiquity of technology and all of our lives. in every sector, and domestic policy application as well as the national defense, have a long chapter on military applications of ai. i think that is the unusual aspect of this. what makes difficult to deal with is that there is so much change taking place on a
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widespread scale on a short. of time and we are all struggling to deal with it. >> darrell west, saturday 6:30 p.m. eastern on the committee caters on c-span. the u.s. is fully that senate 100 million americans according to response director jeff zients. during a briefing, the task force also stressed the boards of getting the second dose and efforts to decrease vaccination hesitancy. >> thank you for joining us. today, dr. wolinsky provide an update on the state of the pandemic. dr. fauci will highlight the latest science. dr. murphy was sharon update on our efforts to strengthen confidence in the vaccines. i want to start by recapping what we have accomplished in the first 100 days to our whole government response that is
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treating the battle against the virus like the war that it is. we beat the residence aggressive goal of 20 million shots in his first 100 days. delivering more than 20 20 million shots. that is a level of vaccinations nobody expected us to reach this quickly. by the end of may, we have enough supply for every adult american. justice this week, we shipped our 300 millionth dose two-state tribes territory and federal channels. 300 million doses shipped. an important marker of progress. thanks to our accelerated vaccination program, we are far ahead of where anyone thought we would be in our war against the virus. everybody 16 and over is
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eligible. with 90% of americans living within five miles of a vaccination site, it has never been easier to get a shot. as the president has said, this is an american achievement. in achievement we can all take great pride in. in achievement that should get every american confidence and hope. going forward in this next phase of our vaccination program, we continue to be laser focused on getting more and more americans vaccinated. as i said last week, given the we have succeeded in getting vaccination to the lion share of most at risk and those most easier -- eager to get vaccinated, we are increasingly focused on other groups that will take time to reach. we expect the number of shots administered each day to moderate and fluctuate.
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that said, we will continue to vaccinate millions of americans each and every day. this past week, our average was 2.6 million shots a day. overall, as you can see on our progress report, 55% of adult americans have at least one shot. that is up from 38% in the march and 19% at the end of february. looking at the next slide, you see that today we reached a major milestone on the number of americans who are fully vaccinated. today, 100 million americans are fully vaccinated. nearly doubled in the amount that were fully vaccinated the end of march. that is 100 million, nearly 40% of all americans -- adult americans who are fully vaccinated with protection from covid-19 two weeks after getting
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their last shot. that is 100 million americans with a sense of relief and peace of mind. knowing that after a long and hard year they are protected from the virus. knowing that their decision to get vaccinated doesn't protect just themselves, but also protects their families, their friends and community's. 100 million americans who can follow the cdc guidelines as wake and can enjoy going to the park with a van was, dining and socializing outside and many more outdoor activities without needing to wear a mask. so, over threaded million doses shipped. 300 million shots in arms, 100 million fully backslid individuals. this represents significant progress and cause for hope. we know we have more work to do in the weeks and months ahead, we will continue building on the
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progress made on the first 100 days. as i laid out last week and this next phase of our vaccination program, with everybody 16 and older eligible, will focus on vaccinating millions of americans each and every day. continuing to improve access and make it an even easier to get vaccinated. strengthen confidence in the vaccine by getting americans facts and answering their questions. ensuring equity is at the center of everything we do so that we can reach everybody in our response. we know it won't be easy. neither was getting 2021 shots in arms and just 100 days. together, we did it. we have what america is capable of when we come together and all of us do our part. with that, over to dr. belinsky.
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>> good morning. let's start with an overview of the data. yesterday, cdc reported 33,000 cases of covid-19. our seven day average is about 52,000 daily cases which represents a decrease of about 16% from our prior 70 average. 70 average of hospital admissions is just over 5050, again a positive sign with a decrease of 10% from our previous seven days. the 70 average of daily deaths have also declined to six to eight per day, an increase of 8%. in addition to these positrons, i want to share a piece of news about vaccines. early this week, cdc released a study on the real-world effectiveness of the pfizer and medina covid vaccine. this study looked at hospitalization rates among
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people the age of 65 and found that fully vaccinated seniors were 90 -- 94% less likely to be hospitalized with covid-19 then were those on vaccinated. importantly, the study was found in a high-risk population. those over 65, who endured a terminus -- terminus burden in this pandemic. this is another piece of great news that our vaccines are working to prevent severe disease. i would also like to take a look on the last 100 days of what you have done to closely monitor covid-19 variance. as we know, the more virus and virus propagation, the more chances it has to mutate this means additional opportunities for variance to evolve. this is what we often describe our efforts in the unit states as a race against the virus. how quickly can we vaccinate americans to prevent further spread of the virus and the potential or new and more deadly
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variance to emerge. genomic sequencing is a laboratory method that identifies mutations or changes in the virus. this can trigger it's the emergence of new variants. taken together, to gnomic sequencing of many virus samples allows us to understand the prevalence of variance in situation. over the past 100 days, cdc has dramatically up our domestic genomic surveillance platforms to approve -- improve our visibly upset committing france. this january, cdc has increased the nation sequencing output 75% -- 75 fold. on generate 25th, sisi ramped up the the strain surveillance system to begin requesting 750 sussman's a week -- specimens a week. virus isolation and
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categorization. cdc awarded multiple contracts to rapidly increase the number of specimens sequence per week. going from 6000 per week in january to more than 20,000 per week in april. combined with the sequencing effort of state and local operatories as well as our collaborations with academic institutions, united states is now sequencing nearly 8% of approximately 40 for 2000 covid 19 cases per week. we are on our way to sequencing even higher percentages of cases, which i consider a tremendous, schmidt. cdc has made significant strides in making our genomics surveillance more accessible to the public through our interactive dashboard on our covid data tracker website. this site is updated weekly with the prevalence of variance at the national, regional, and
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state level. we look forward to continued advancement in this area with the additional investments made by the american rescue plan. this provided $1.7 billion to strengthen and expand much-needed activities and workforce latitude genomic sequencing, genomic epidemiology, and disease surveillance. from a global specter, cdc is supporting sequencing capacity in more than 50 countries. such as india, brazil, and south africa. this support includes defining standardized approaches, providing technical assistance to investigate variance, and coordinating with the broader research committee. as we mark 100 days of this administration, i am proud that we have collaborated with numerous partners to expand genomic sequencing and what all that means, not only to america, but to our global efforts to end the pandemic. this work has made us better prepared for the threat of
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variance, help us better understand and track violence, and given us more tools to take actions that protect the american people. and people around the world. there's more work to be done, but over the past 100 days, we have ramped up our capacity to understand the virus circulating in our midst, and with 100 million americans fully vaccinated as of today, we continue to move ahead in our progress to end the pandemic. thank you very much. i will turn things over to dr. fauci. >> thank you very much dockable and see. we can the next light. next -- yesterday, someone in the new york art -- the new york times addressed the issue that if someone skips the second covid shot. i would like to spend the next couple of minutes addressing this issue because now, about 8% of people estimated have not
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shown up for their second shot of a two shot regiment mrna regiment. next slide. if you compare this to other real-world uptake of vaccines that have been around for a while, this report came out one week ago and he looking at the vaccine over a two-year. from 2017 and note under second bullet, it is a two dose vaccine with the doses becoming two and six months after the first dose. 70-80% of individuals completed the series which means 20-30% have not. thus far, they percent that you would like to see 100% adherence , 8% is within the round of what you see with other multidose vaccines. next slide. let's take a quick look at what the guidelines are that we know
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of with the administration. the pfizer biontech gets a single dose and 21 days later, you get the boost from the dharna for 20 days. as the ccs said, if it's not feasible, to adhere to this interval, and the real world there are many reasons why this might not feasible. the second dose may be scheduled for the mr. risch and up to six weeks or 42 days after the first dose. why is there some uncertainty about the importance of second doses when you talk people and asked their opinion? about 44% of adults reported that the vaccines provided strong protection by 1-2 weeks after the second dose. 44% of people are on board, clearly with the second dose. 20% believe the vaccines provide
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strong protection before the second dose. 36% in a recent survey were on shore. . a sale of the results of clinically and from a laboratory standpoint about the efficacy of the first dose versus following the second dose. this is a study that was recently published in the new england journal of medicine in a nationwide mass vaccination setting in israel. look at the column on the left. when you look at both infection, symptomatic, hospitalization or severe disease. although there is a significant degree of protection after the first dose, look at the difference between the first and second dose. 46 versus 92, 57 versus 94, etc. etc..
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next slide. this is the study that dr. walensky just mentioned a moment ago. when you look at individuals 65 years of age or older, where you have an extraordinarily good effectiveness in fully vaccinated seniors at 94% as she mentioned. look at the partially vaccinated people. a reasonable amount of protection but not nearly as much as you get from the two doses. next slide. here again is a study i showed you at a previous briefing from employees at the university of texas southwestern. the unvaccinated, when you look at the percent of infections there, not do well. you do much better if you are partially vaccinated. there is a 36 fold difference of getting fully vaccinated versus partially vaccinated. next slide.
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now, when you look at the immediate response from a single dose of mrna vaccines in organ transplant or cancer patients, very very clearly the single dose was not adequate. this becomes really important because organ transplant on a variety of immunosuppressive drugs and cancer patients but there are a lot of people in society who are on things like glucocorticoids for autoimmune disease that may not get a good enough response after the first dose and we absolutely want them to get the second dose. very quickly, let's look at some of the data that backs up this critical. next slide. i showed you the slide before. this is the pfizer biontech and we are looking at neutralizing antibodies after the first dose which is after 21 days versus the second dose which is at date
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28-35. as you can see, regardless of the age younger individuals or older individuals, a dramatic difference in neutralizing antibodies between first and second dose. next slide. we often talk about t cell responses. the same thing. if you look at after the first dose, mainly a day 29 on the th1 response to the spike protein and you look at the responses at date 29 versus day 43, which is after the second dose, yet again, another important difference. next slide. and then, you look at the neutralization after the second dose of pfizer. you are looking at variance, concentrate on the blue shaded area. if you look at one dose two weeks and then three weeks after the windows, and look at the
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effects up there. 15 vaccines on the left. a third of them had a good response against these 614, which is the standard virus. you got less we need to be 17 and nothing against 351. at week three, and got a little bit better. you have more against 614, morgan's b 17, but nothing against 351. after the second dose, both week four and week six, look at the dramatic difference. not only against he standard wild type, but also against the one we have in this country that is dominant, the 17, also look at now the presence of neutralizing antibodies in vitro versus the 3514 south african isolate. again, and much, much better
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advantage for the second dose. finally, on the last slide what can we do to help people get that second dose on time? scheduling follow-up visits during the first vote -- first dose, and send reminders. bottom-line -- bottom-line of my message, get vaccinated and if you're having a two dose regimen, make sure you get that second dose. now passing it over to dr. murphy. >> think you so much dr. fauci. as we pass our wonder days and passover hundred 43 million people vaccinate with at least windows, let's take about how our work ahead. this requires us not only build confidence in vaccine but also to mobilize people to get vaccinated and make sure people have easy access to vaccines. tracking vesting confidence is
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nuance. first, the surveys and study continue to show us that since the winter, a growing share people have gotten the plenty vaccinated. we have gone a long way since the end of last year. we know, not just from the data but with conversation with community leaders and there still people who have questions and want more information. that is why we continue to grow this covid reach for our community which remember, is a nationwide grassroots record of americans from all walks of life who share a commitment to protecting their community by helping people get back stated. this morning, i want to highlight for you several more stories that we have heard about the work on a few of those organizations. one of those organizations, access, has set up vaccination clinics in sterling heights in dearborn michigan. they are averaging hundreds of
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vaccines administered daily. their farming community for this groups with people of east asian descent, people from poland, and seek communities to address root causes of lower vaccine rates. other organization is working with a large network of churches in eastern north carolina. they founded assisting disaster covers following hurricane irene. they they are engaging older adults by answering the questions about vaccines, dispelling myths, and helping administer vaccines if seniors are ready to get it. usw foundation which is also a committee court member is focusing on vaccinating farmworkers and their families. the organization is coordinated vaccine events and have provided thousands of vaccine doses for farmworkers. establish a national hotline to support farmworkers. the teams also engaging farmworkers on the ground in six
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states to spread factual scientific information. finally, i want to share with you in the washington dc mayor has created d.c.'s own covid-19 committee. the d.c. core will be marched -- launched on may 1 and in listing of volunteers to canvass neighborhoods and help neighborhoods make a plan to get vaccinated. the day of action coincides with the daily walk up sites open across cities of that residence can be able to head to a vaccination site to get a free vaccine. if you are in d.c. and want to get involved in the day of action, you can find more information online. these are a few of the thousands of organizations of -- growing the growing movement to get vaccinated. they're both on a simple but powerful idea. they're protecting the nation from covid-19 and requires individuals and communities to
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take action, not just for government. everyday americans have risen to the challenge. what that means is that family members and friends helping each other make a plan to get vaccinated. it means doctors and nurses reaching out to their patients to answer questions and urge them to get vaccinated. it means addressing how easily rumors can spread and it means social media companies taking response build a four promoting accurate content and are moving all breaking this information as well as more subtle, yet highly targeted misinformation. it means workplaces getting employees paid time off when needed to get vaccinated or to recover from temporary flulike symptoms. this is a step though and that is easier, given the tax credit that president biden announced for small businesses that provide time off. ultimately, our response in many ways is a test of whether we will answer this moment which is
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about communities that's been at the heart of this country's response to generational threats. i believe that we will respond. thank you for your time today, and i look forward to your questions. >> thank you, doctors. first question. >> one question, first we will go to mei weck. >> thank you for taking my question. i am wondering a little bit of these efforts to decrease hesitation and combat misinformation. how much effort is get ministration -- extra effort are you putting into some of the misinformation efforts out there? i note after foti was out answering questions by joe rokita this week. how much is that help hesitation and how much of that is a distraction? >> dr. murphy? >> can you repeat the tail end
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of that question? >> yeah, it was just how much is that helping to solve hesitation versus how much is it sort of a distraction and taking away from other work that is happening. >> dr. murphy, combating misinformation is the question. >> i think that ultimately, we know people have questions for multiple reasons. sometimes, there is misinformation that they encounter because they had a bad experience with the health care system and their wondering they trust. some people have just heard lots of different views as we get updates on the vaccine and they want to hear somebody they trust. that is why our efforts is focused on mobilizing trusted smears like doctors and nurses, they leaders, and family members to get information out. people to get vaccinated, fitted confidence, they need to know that is urgent and important. and they need access. we are working hard on all three fronts.
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>> next question. >> nbc. >> high everyone, thanks so much for doing this call. my big picture question is to what extent are you concerned that people are loosening directions to quickly? clearly, there been significant gains and thinking about new york, reopening on july 1. is that too soon or right on time? i'm thinking about the images we saw last night at the nfl draft, common -- hundreds of people in close quarters. another have been vaccinated and tested, but was not safe? >> let me start, and dr. linsky or dr. fauci if you want to add anything here. the situation is very -- varied by state. we are encouraged that states are focused on getting people vaccinated. that is the most important area of focus as we all know,
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vaccinations and getting as many american vaccinated as efficiently as possible is our path to returning to a more normal lifestyle. doctors, anything to add here? >> don't have much to add. one focus on getting people vaccinated and increasing case rates. if we can continue at this pace, i think july 1 would be a reasonable target. >> next question. >> thanks so much for taking my question. i am wondering about this dwindling demand of vaccine. we are seeing some reporting in california and in ohio. how close are we sitting a vaccine plateau? what would that even look like? what is a strategy if we had a vaccine plateau? >> as i've said, we are giving
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millions of shots per day and as a result, you saw the data we have already delivered at least one shot to 35% of adult americans in today's major milestone of 100 million adult americans fully vaccinated. it is not unexpected. as we enter this next phase that there'll be more of a balance between supply and demand and that makes it more important that we make it easier for people to get vaccinated, that we continue as dr. murphy said to build vaccine confidence and ensure equity. what is unexpected is how fast we have gotten here. we know this next phase on be easy but neither it was getting to toren 20 million shots in the first 100 days. putting that his wife the infrastructure we built and have enough supply, enough laces to get vaccine, enough vaccinators in the field is so important as
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we build on these efforts of getting 75,000 sites where people can get vaccinated and thousands of vaccinators now online. many percent of americans within five miles. this next phase is very focused on making it even easier, continuing to build vaccine confidence, and ensuring equity for all americans. next question? >> i agree with what jeff said. it's not a surprise that we knew it would not be easy to vaccinate the entire country as obstacles come up, we continue to work together to knock that down. i also want to make it very clear that at this point, the effort to vaccinate america and protect our nation from covid-19 is a collaborative effort that we need government to take action but we know we can get there also to protect our
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country until individuals and committees and businesses are all working together hand-in-hand to make that effort possible. many are already stepping up. this is just one of these all hands on deck moment where when you look around our communities and our circle of friends and ask people if they have a plant to get vaccinated. if they don't have a plan, we need to ask them if they need information to get help getting an appointment, help them make an appointment. it's only by stepping up and all of our roles and societies we will ultimately protect the country. the government should make it as easy as possible for his why were so close to getting accurate information out there but again, this is an all hands on deck moment. >> well said, dr. murphy. next question. >> high. i just wanted to go down a little bit older more.
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we see vaccine rates going down between states and what is in states, committees and counties still have fewer than 20% of the population vaccinated. we can touch about the community core but what new actions are the white house taking to address this growing gap specifically in here? >> why don't i go first, and dr. murphy if you want to add on here. this next phase, we are making it easier people to get vaccinated. partnering with doctors offices were people are accustomed to getting vaccination. in 90% of doctors will gotten at least their first dose of vaccine and people locally trust and look to their doctors and nurses and other health care providers. helping people get paid time off as dr. murphy talked about. -- the president of last week
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does it small business of tax credits to allow employees to get time off and to recover if need be. setting up walk-up sites so that you can have a certain number of people each day when no appointments show up and get vaccinated and making it increasingly convenient. we want to expand you confidence efforts that you want to lead here. >> i would say that we are continuing to expand the grasp of organization and individuals in our committee by recognizing exactly what you said, that if we want to reach the heart of america, rural and urban, people of all demographics, we got to flex the diversity that we have as a country. i don't want underscore -- i want underscore about working with doctors and other health
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care workers. we know 80% of people are deciding about a vaccine that they want to talk to their doctor about that. about that decision. we have heard that loud and clear. that is why we not only want to engage with doctors talking to the patient, he also want to make it easier for people to get a vaccine to the doctor and there will be more to say about the initiative in the days ahead that is a channel we are working on in close partnership with physicians, other health care providers and medical organizations. >> next question? >> hey guys, thanks so much. more than one dozen countries have either band or restrict the travel from india at this point. why has the president not taken the steps so far is the administration considering a ban on travel from india. this morning, we saw the first lady outdoors wearing a mask even though she is vaccinate.
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the president yesterday said he would wear a mask if he was sitting close to somebody indoors, even if they are both vaccinated which goes against easy guidance. given that the cdc has modeled the best public health, wisely doing much to show what you can do if your accident? >> in terms of travel from india, we remain in close contact with our foreign counterparts and continuously monitor the situation. our current inbound travel precautions and mandatory testing before travel, quarantine for unvaccinated individuals and the retesting during that quarantine. those are for all international travel and have been effective. getting americans vaccinated is the most effective tool as we have against covid and will follow the guidance on travel.
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dr. lindsay, if you have anything to add? >> nothing to add. >> ok, next question. >> when you say 100 million americans are vets and, that means they are not two weeks past that dose -- >> yes that is correct. now, 100 million americans have received their second shot at they are on a two shot regiment or their one shot at they are in the j&j regimen. >> thank you. following the point earlier as a reasonable time table. can you explain what will be possible and likely possible on july 1 that new york will go to 100% capacity at restaurants and bars, and will masks still be
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required indoors? two months from now rather, what should the american people hope for? >> what i would like to do is to say that the more people are vaccinated, the fewer cases we have, we will take increased steps as we have until now. we have guidance someone you can do for when you are fully vaccinated and look forward to more when more people are vaccinate. if our sister to this before, so would like to watch and see how it goes before we make further estimations and what happens in a couple of months. >>'s question. >> thank you so much. i want to follow up on what the administration is doing to counter misinformation? really stronger on the spectrum of hesitancy but there is an
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editorial in nature suggesting that the highest level of governments have to take direct even confrontational stances with russia and dismantle anti-vaccine groups in the united states. going beyond counter messaging from the global health committee and pressure on social media companies. i wonder what the administration start of stance is on stronger actions like specific misinformation and not just hesitancy in general. >> one talk about positive measures on information and anything you want to say about combating disinformation. >> that is such an important issue we are certainly focused on it in several ways. the two that i will mention is that we recognize that miss information that this thrives -- a lot of our strategies is to put as much accurate information out there with trusted voices. not only people from government but also rep eatable medical
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sources and experts in community. we are also working closely with social media companies, and other platforms to push them also and partner with them and rooting out active disinformation campaigns. i said at the top of this presser that it is all of our responsibility to step up and address this crisis and get people vaccinated. i specifically mentioned that we need social media companies and platforms to not only put out accurate information but rule out disinformation on their sites. i believe they have work to do. we will partner with them to get the job done and we have too much disinformation spreading on those websites and it present a clear and present danger to people who need to be protected from covid who could potentially get vaccinated. >> i want to think everybody turning today. we look forward to next week's briefings.
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