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concluding passage as well. this is a real dangerous moment for the patriots that signed that document. they pledged their lives, their honor, sacred honor and their for turns. some -- fortunes. some lost their lives. some lost their fortunes. but none lost their sacred honor. mr. wood: i really appreciate you taking your time for this. i encourage everybody to really track what you're doing in defense of the country and support of our military. again, thank you so much, senator, for spending this occasion. thank you for our audience for listening in. just god bless everybody and what a great country we are so blessed to be a part of. thank you. senator cotton: thank you, dakota. good bless everyone -- god bless everyone. god bless the united states of america. >> president biden is in florida today to talk to local and state officials about how the federal government can help with rescue efforts after the surfside condo
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collapse a week ago. we'll have live coverage as the president gives his thoughts from miami. that's expected about 3:40 p.m. eastern on c-span. >> saturday on "the communicators." >> digital oppression, i'm referring to the ways that information and communications technologies are being used to further autocratic political
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agendas. so basically the ways in which technology is being used to via coercion and other means to accomplish political goals. particularly for those leaders who aren't democratic, who have anti-democratic a aspirations. >> watch "the communicators", author of "the rise of digital oppression" friday at 6:30 p.m. eastern on c-span. >> sunday night on "q&a", journalists and historian -- >> the stories a often been, kennedy's father was the one pulling the strings behind the scenes. that's not true. jack kennedy won that pulitzer prize. there are many times he talked about the pulitzer prize. he said i'd rather win that than be president. because he had the strong desire for literary fame, even though he didn't want to do literary
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work, he got himself the prize. in new york city, in washington, d.c., people had been gossiping, did kennedy write that book? i wonder how much money they're getting out of those royalty checks? the pulitzer changed the equation. it became a moral question and ethical question readers realize this, too. i look at the letters kennedy was receiving in 19357. -- 1957. school teachers asking, did you write this book? you wouldn't have accepted that prize if you wrote the book, right? that's not the right thing to do. >> craig, sunday night at 8:00 p.m. on c-span. you can listen to c-span wherever you get your podcast. >> live now to miami where president biden is about to deliver remarks on the surfside
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condo collapse. live coverage on c-span. >> again, we are live in miami where president biden has spent the day in florida where earlier he talked with state and local officials about efforts to find people who are still missing after the collapse of the surfside condo.
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president biden: it really is impressive. say thanks. what i can do as president in terms of help for whatever you need. the mayor and governor asked what i can deliver and i think there's more we can do, including -- i have the power -- we'll know shortly -- to be able to pick up 100% of the cost for the county and state. i think i'm quite sure i can do that. and so we're going to do that. there's going to be -- this could be a lot of pain and anxiety and suffering and even
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the need for psychological help in the days and months that follow. so we're not going anywhere. >> thank you. president biden: no, for real. again, i just want to start the day, if i could -- a briefing as you're able to give me, tell me what you need. and that goes for both the senators and the congresswoman and anyone to pick up the phone and phone the oval office. for real. i'm not joking about it. [indiscernible] coming from fema today. how many people? >> at the end of the day there should be about 500 on the ground. president biden: 500 on the ground. again this is your show. we want to make sure that whatever you need, you know, including money. i want to hear from you.
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>> well, mr. president, we can't thank you enough for being here with us, for showing your extraordinary support from day one. you've called me that morning. we hustled into a little room at the family reunification center, you said whatever we need and you said -- and i said bring fema and here they are on the ground. so it's been an incredible collaboration from the beginning. we had our florida emergency management director, kevin guthrie here, immediately. the governor has been here every single day. the senators, i believe, the same. and our state and municipal leaders as well. the collaboration from elected leadership to the police department, all the municipal of course under the leadership of our incredible miami-dade police department and freddie ramirez, our director, and without a doubt, the fire department and our fire chief alan kaminski who
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has led the efforts of the first responders who are in the world's hearts, everybody is watching these incredible men and women. they are here to save lives, that is what they live for. and it is truly humbling. we all know that this is unprecedented, devastating disaster, it shocked the world. the fact that we've all come together is what gives us hope what gives us strength. and inspiration. it does for me every single day as we talked to the family members, as you'll soon be doing, as they are waiting and waiting for news of their loved ones, as you said. and also those that have been displaced. it's just a crisis all around. but we are working together to handle the crisis, to get the answers about what happened here, and we can update you on that. and we are going to be examining every inch of this catastrophe with the full might of the federal, state, and local
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government to do so. we want to make sure. we all -- the world wants to make sure that a tragedy of this nature never, ever happens again. so i -- we have a briefing for you. i want to start with our governor and i want to thank you, governor desantis. your team has been amazing. you've been a steady, calming, reassure bug forceful voice and it's been a pleasure to partner with you. president biden: you know what's good about this? we let the nation know we can cooperate. what's really important -- what's really important -- i was talking to debbie about this -- we're coming together. this is life and death. so i think i just got back from 12 days in europe, they wonder
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whether we can do this. and you're doing it. i mean, just the simple act of everybody doing whatever needs to be done. it really makes a difference. governor desantis: thank you, mr. president. you recognized the severity of this tragedy from day one. you've been very supportive. we implore you, if you drive up and down the coastal roads, you'll see these buildings, i have driven by that building, probably never thought twice. and then something like this happens and you recognize in each individual unit there's an amazing story. and lives have been shattered irrevocably as a result of this. we've already identified, unfortunately, fatalities, people that have been 92 years old, that have been the matriarch of a wonderful family. we have families with kids missing. we have young newly reds who haven't been -- newlyweds who haven't been married a year that
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was in the tower when it collapsed. the cooperation has been great. both the municipal and county have been fantastic an you guys have not only been supportive at the federal level but we have had no bureaucracy. when we're dealing with fema, we're literally getting requested routed from local to state to federal in no time. that really, i think, is important. so we've had people -- this is the first response in florida's history outside of a hurricane where all of our search and rescue teams were mobilized. so he have this' been going in -- so they've been going in and out of the rubble searching, trying to find people, trying to rescue people. at a minimum trying to identify anyone with may be deceased to bring closure to the family which is is very important. but they're tired. and this has taken a toll on them. so the fact that we now have the search and rescue team from virginia here and we have more on the way, that's going to be helpful. this is grueling and obviously the families' lives have been shattered. mental health will be important.
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we're going to need mental health support for folks in that rubble. it's not easy to do. we thank you for the support. we do appreciate the collaboration for local, state, and federal. you know, what we just need now is we need a little bit of luck, we need a little bit of prayers. we would like to be able to see some miracles happen. i can tell you this, we're not going to stop, you know, until we identify everybody and until we do what we need to do so thank you, mr. president. >> and mr. president, i want to acknowledge the leadership of the first lady, casey desantis, as well, who is very, very focused on children and mental health issues and is bringing that agenda to our discussions and, of course, we've been including all of that in our briefing. we know how important first ladies are. so we just want to be sure to give a shout out. president biden: i'm joe biden.
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i'm your president. i just wanted to come down and say thanks. [indiscernible] as a matter of fact, in delaware, we joke back in the 1970's -- i was [indiscernible] but all kidding aside, the job you're doing is incredible. you know, most of the time people don't fully appreciate what you do. and jill and i have [indiscernible] i-95.
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[indiscernible] getting out of the hospital. i was down talking on "meet the press" got a phone call, come home. my wife was trapped. [indiscernible]
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[laughter] >> i want to introduce you to our battalion chief. president biden: what's your name? [applause] president biden: anyway, i just want you to know that we understand. what you're doing now is hard as hell. even psychologically. i just want to say thank you. thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you. as y'all know, not only what
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you're dealing with now, but your brothers and sisters across this country are having more pressure put on them because of the drought and because of the 120-degree heat in vancouver, you know you got a problem. i was on a call yesterday with all the western governors. and you know what they're asking for -- we need more firefighters. we need more firefighters. because last year fire season didn't start this early. [indiscernible] and already starting early. so you guys are very valued. i just want to say thank you. like i said -- [indiscernible] i promise you, we know. we know. what you're doing here is incredible.
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having to deal with the uncertainty and worrying about, you know, families. i -- anyway, thank you. thank you. happy to answer any questions. [indiscernible] be careful. be careful. >> and a live picture this afternoon from miami where president biden and first lady jill biden are surveying damage from the collapse of the condo building. so far 18 people are dead and
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about 145 are still missing. we understand rescue operations on the building have been halted over safety concerns. president biden will be speaking to the media here shortly to relate what he saw and to talk about the federal response. we expect his remarks shortly. live coverage here on c-span. >> good afternoon and thank you for joining us. today we're joined by doctors fauci and walensky who i'll turn to in a few minutes. first, i want to report on the progress we're making to end the covid-19 pandemic here at home and around the world. here at home, going into the fourth of july holiday weekend, americans have good reason to celebrate. thanks to the president's whole of government response and the american people stepping up, more than 180 million americans, including 67% of adults, two out of three adult americans have now received at least one shot.
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in cases, deaths are down more than 90% since january 20. as a result, we have exceeded our expectations for where we would be on july 4, and we're in a strong position to build on this progress going forward. this weekend, millions of americans will be able to get together -- back together, not just with their families and close friends for small backyard cookout but for their communities for larger festivals, fireworks. celebrating our country's july 4 independent day and the progress we have made against the virus together, we'll celebrate this progress july 4. but, of course, our work does not stop. because, as the president has said, our work to vaccinate the millions of americans who still need protection against the virus continues across the
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summer months. and the result to reach those who have not gotten a shot is only strengthened because of the spread of the delta variant. as we push to get more americans vaccinated, we will also continue mobilizing and leading the effort to vaccinate the world. earlier this year, the president committed that the united states will be an arsenal of vaccines for the world. through historic announcements and actions, we are delivering on the president's commitment. over the past several weeks, the president has committed to sharing 580 million doses of vaccines to the world, including a half billion doses of pfizer vaccines that the united states will purchase and donate to 100 countries in need. this is by far the largest ever donation of covid-19 vaccines by a country.
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in this historic announcement is sharing 80 million doses of our own surplus u.s. vaccine. these 80 million doses have all been shared with 46 countries, the african union through a combination of bilateral sharing and sharing through covax. each country has now received a specific number and type of u.s. vaccines they will be shipped. by the end of this week, we will have shipped out about 40 million doses, including doses to the republic of korea, mexico, canada, brazil, taiwan, honduras, colombia, pakistan, peru, ecuador, malaysia, and bangladesh. the remaining doses will be shipped in the coming weeks as countries complete their own domestic set of operational, regulatory, and legal processes
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that are specific to each country. these u.s. doses will boost vaccination efforts in these countries and save lives. and just as our work to vaccinate americans does not stop on july 4, i worked to help vaccinate the world does not stop at these 80 million we wil share millions more doses over the summer months as we help lead the fight to end the pandemic across the globe. in a few minutes, i will discuss how the biden administration is mobilizing to support states and communities experiencing increasing cases of the developed delta variant. but first let me turn to dr. walensky to provide us an update on the state of the pandemic, including the delta variant, and then dr. fauci to discuss the essential role our vaccines are playing in curbing its spread, including the spread of the delta variant.
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with that, over to you, dr. walensky. dr. walensky: thank you, jeff. good afternoon. let's begin with an overview of the data. yesterday c.d.c. reported 14,875 new cases of covid-19. our seven-day average is about 12,600 per day. and while this is a 95% decrease lower from our peak in early january, it does also respect a -- represent a 10% increase from the seven-day average of last week. the seven-day average of hospital admissions is 1,822 per day, a decrease of about 1% from the prior seven-day period. and the seven-day average of daily deaths was about 257. looking across the country, we have made incredible progress towards ending the pandemic. we continue to see overall low numbers of cases, hospitalizations, and deaths. however, looking state by state and county by county, it is clear that communities where
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people remain unvaccinated are communities that remain vulnerable. this is all true as we monitor the continued spread of the hypertransmissible delta variant. the delta variant is predicted to be the second most prevalent variant in the united states, and i expect that in the coming weeks it will eclipse the alpha variant. an estimated 25% of all reported -- [indiscernible] -- nationwide are the delta variant. and in some regions of the country, nearly one in two sequences is the delta variant. there are communities that are vulnerable and where we are now seeing surges in cases and indeed also hospitalizations due to what could be the spread of the delta variant and low vaccination rates in these communities. currently, approximately 1,000 counties in the united states have vaccination coverage of less than 30%. these communities primarily in
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the southeast and midwest will our most vulnerable. in some of these areas we are already seeing increasing rates of disease. as the delta variant continues to spread across the country, we expect to see increased transmission in these communities unless we can vaccine more people now. as you will hear from dr. fauci shortly, our authorized vaccines provide protection against the circulating variants in this country, including delta. vaccination is how we protect these individuals, families and communities and prevent severe disease, hospitalizations and deaths from covid-19. preliminary data from a collection of states over the last six months suggest 99.5% of deaths from covid-19 in these states have occurred in unvaccinated people. any suffer organize death from covid-19 -- suffering or death
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from covid-19 is tragic. with vaccines available across the country, the suffering and loss we are now seeing is nearly entirely avoidable. covid-19 vaccines are available and free for everyone age 12 and up and i encourage everyone who has not been vaccinated, especially those in vulnerable communities with low vaccine coverage, to roll up their sleeves and get vaccinated. as we prepare to celebrate independence day, i want to remind those who remain unvaccinated to protect themselves by wearing a mask and avoiding crowds to prevent transmission and illness. if you have symptoms of covid-19 , please get tested. and of course please get vaccinated in one of the many places near you. as soon as you can. please enjoy a safe, family and friend-filled holiday weekend. thank you. i'll now turn things over to dr. fauci. dr. fauci: thank you very much,
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dr. walensky. what i'd like to do over the next couple of minutes is to address the issue of the role of the covid-19 vaccines that we have available to us and their ability to protect against the delta variant. if i could have the first slide. it is simplified to think about it in three separate buckets. what is the protection against infection? against systemic disease? -- symptomatic disease? or against hospitalization? and we have data for all three. next slide. first, in a study published online on june 14 from scotland, it was shown that the mrna vaccine had about an 80% effectiveness against p.c.r.-confirmed infection. in this situation, two doses of a.z. was about 60% effective. next, with regard to negotiation
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slide, to symptomatic disease, again, in the study, in mid, two weeks after the second dose of pfizer bion tech vaccine, again, 88% effective against symptomatic disease from the delta variant. next slide. next, what about hospitalization? again, from public health england from june 14, the pfizer biontech vaccine was 96% effective against hospitalization from the delta variant after two doses. and the a.z. was 92% effective against hospitalizations after two doses. next slide. the question then obviously arises, the direct data we have are from a.z. and the mrna vaccines. what about j&j, a question often asked.
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there's indirect evidence for effectiveness of j&j against the sars co scrmbings-2 delta variant. the reason is that the effectiveness of this vaccine, similar to a vaccine for which we do have data, namely, the a.z., the data that i just showed you. since these vaccines, the a.z. and the j&j are based on very similar platforms. one could anticipate and make a reasonable assumption that the results against the delta variant would be at least similar, perhaps even better. we are now looking at neutralization data and soon we will have more firm data which we will make available to you as soon as it occurs. next slide. another question commonly asked is the w.h.o., concerned about the delta variant, has urged vaccinated people to keep wearing masks. there's a reason for that. the w.h.o. is responsible for the planet as a whole.
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it's different in the world in general from here in the united states. next slide. as shown here, if you look at the share of the population fully vaccinated in the united states, and worldwide, the dramatic -- they're dramatically different. as is the dynamics of infection. as we've always said, you can make general guidelines, but you also have to be flexible enough at various levels, be it a country level or within a country, at local levels. next slide. bottom line and finally, the good news we have is that we have a solution. the science is clear. the best way to protect yourself against the virus and its variants is to be fully vaccinated. it works, it's free, it's safe, it's easy, and it's convenient, as president biden has said in his speech in north carolina just several days ago. thank you. i'll pass it back to jeff. >> thank you, dr. walensky and dr. fauci.
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as both doctors just made clear, the delta variant is a threat to unvaccinated americans and to communities with low vaccination rates. and the best way for communities to protect themselves from the virus is by getting more people vaccinated. from day one, the president's whole of government response effort has been closely tracking the data on the pandemic, and vaccination effort in states and counties. and we've worked with governors and local public health officials to ensure they have the support they need to curb the spread of the virus. today, given what we're seeing with the spread of delta in some communities in the country, we're intensifying our efforts to help states prevent, detect and respond to hot spots among the unvaccinated, by mobilizing covid-19 surge response teams to be at the ready, to deploy federal resources and, where needed, federal personnel.
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these are dedicated teams working with communities at higher risk for or already experiencing outbreaks due to the spread of the delta variant and their low vaccination rate. our covid-19 surge response teams will be ready to, one, surge additional testing into communities to expand detection of the virus and allow public health authorities to do contact tracing to help contain outbreaks. two, provide therapeutics to help treat those infected with covid. three, deploy federal personnel where needed and where requested to address gaps and augment local staff supporting vaccination, testing and therapeutics work. four, leverage c.d.c.'s technical expertise to help communities experiencing or at riths for -- or at risk for becoming hot spots with containment, including assisting with epidemiology, data
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analysis, field investigations and other public health response work. and five, as dr. fauci and dr. can wednesday -- walensky have both underscored, the most important step we can take is for more americans to get vaccinated. that's why the covid-19 surge response teams will focus on increasing shots in arms in communities with low vaccination rates or fighting outbreaks. including through targeted paid media into these areas. to be clear, the federal government stands ready to meet the moment and work with our state partners to respond to the delta variant. as we continue to work with communities across the country to get more shots in arms, we will also be working with governors and state and local health to authorities to identify and address the needs on the ground in places with emerging outbreaks. including potential deployment of federal personnel.
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before we open up to questions, i want to close with this thought. thanks to the president's whole of government response, we are further in our fight against the virus than anyone anticipated. and importantly, in the weeks and months ahead, we will continue mobilizing the whole of government to help state and local leaders bring an end to this pandemic. by doubling down to get even more americans vaccinated and stopping the spread as soon as possible when cases do increase. with that, let's open it up for some questions. reporter: thanks so much for taking my question. can you tell us more about whether or not americans may have to go back to wearing masks in light of the delta variant? we saw los angeles county and
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the w.h.o. both recommending that even vaccinated people should wear masks. where does that stand? ? should people be preparing themselves to going back to wearing masks? if they're vaccinated? dr. fauci: as i was alluding to in my comments, you have a broad recommendation for the country as a whole, which is the c.d.c. recommendation that if you are vaccinated, you have a high degree of protection. so you need not wear a mask either indoor or outdoor. but also as is said and as the c.d.c. has recommended, is that there's a degree of flexibility. people at the local level depending upon the onground situation will make recommendations or not according to the local situation. but the broad recommendation that the c.d.c. makes based on the high degree of effectiveness of the vaccine remains unchanged. >> next question.
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"new york times." reporter: thank you. for taking my question. dr. fauci, i wanted to ask, why is the data on whether j&j works against the delta variant lagging behind the data for other vaccines? and what do you make of reports that j&j resip yepts are now -- recipients are now asking for pfizer and mo -- hea doses as boosters -- moderna doses as boosters? do you recommend that? dr. fauci: first of all, the reason is the paucity of direct clinical trial data in the context of delta variant. so you have a much, much more wider use globally of the mrna's in situations in which you can actually make data-based statements on that. and that's the reason why i show that slide, that from the standpoint of data right now, you have to make an extrapolation based on what you
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would predict from what it does with other variants, and what it does comparable to other vaccine products such as a.z. with regard to the idea of boosting, there's a lot of talk about that, but right now i think we still need to remember that in fact the j&j vaccine is a highly effective vaccine that has been recommended very clearly and has received emergency use authorization. the situation right now is that people locally will be making those kinds of decisions but you should only be making an informal recommendation based on clinical data. so that's the reason why even though individual physicians will be doing that, from a clinical trial basis, there's no real fundamental scientific reason to do that right now. when those data become available, you will see recommendations change according to the data.
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>> next question, please. cnbc. reporter: thank you. i'm wondering, you know, some folks have pointed to the vaccine still being under emergency use authorization as perhaps one reason that people may still be on fence about getting them. do you have any guidance about when you expect potential full approval, the process, to kind of come to fruition for these vaccines? when might we see that from the f.d.a. and a quick second follow-up, i apologize, but dr. walensky, are you concerned about, as people are taking their masks off and inserting -- starting to circulate more, the rise of other respiratory infections other than covid that you're seeing right now? thanks. >> why don't we start with the second one, dr. walensky. dr. walensky: thank you. i think we saw actually a paucity of viral infections last year. many of our pediatricians would say that they didn't see a lot of people coming in with upper respiratory infections.
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i think part of that was the distancing, not being in school and of course the masking. i do anticipate that in the months ahead, if people are not wearing masks, and we started to see some of this already, that there will likely be an increase of upper respiratory infections in places that are not wearing masks. >> in terms of the emergency use authorization and moving toward full approval, that's at the f.d.a.? that's obviously the f.d.a.'s decision to make. i know that pfizer and moderna have provided data to the f.d.a. and the f.d.a.'s working on an expedited time frame. but dr. fauchy, you might want to talk about the experience we have with the vaccines, the hundreds of millions and what that should tell people about their safety and efficacy. dr. fauci: thank you. as always, we don't want to get ahead of the f.d.a.. they have their process where they need to cross all the t's and dot all the i's. but if you look at the history of emergency use authorizations,
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they use for a wide range of emergency approval of interventions. often the criteria is of the benefit of -- appeared to be better than the risk involved. very infrequently do you have such an extraordinary amount of data of literally hundreds of millions of doses and a lot of real world effectiveness data as well as safety, having been accumulated. so, again, although it's understandable how some people would say, we really want to wait until the full approval, to have an emergency use authorization and to have this amount of extraordinarily positive data, one would say, again, the caveat, you never want to get ahead of the f.d.a. but it would really be a most unusual situation not to see this get full approval. i believe it's going happen. the timing is such that i hope it does not get people to
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hesitate from taking a potentially life-saving vaccine that already has an extraordinary amount of data as to its real world effectiveness and its safety. >> next question. npr. reporter: thank you for taking my question. my question is, i notice that you talked about the next steps and the next phase, you're talking about the surge response teams going into states. is that the next phase of this push? is it more focused on the states? you talked a lot -- your language talked about states asking the federal government for help. at this point, is this shifting from cabinet officials, barn storming the country, begging people to get vaccinated, to, well, stathes states, you figure it out? -- states, you figure it out? >> not at all. absolutely not. the surge response teams are
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important to be ready to work with where called upon states and counties that are in a situation where there's fewer people vaccinated and cases are increasing. so that's capabilities that we've had in place that we're mping up to deal with the delta variant. that's an important area of focus. but even as vaccinations have slowed sbha a-- somewhat across the last month or so we are still vaccinating millions of people each week, more than two million people each week in june have gotten their first shot and millions more, importantly, are getting their second shot. because dr. fauci's data on the effectiveness, that's about people getting their second shot , their full regiment. and we'll double down on these efforts as we continue to vaccinate millions of people across the summer months. so this whole of government wartime response continues.
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we're working more and more person by person, community by community, meeting people where they are, in places of worship, deploying pop-up clinics and mobile clinics. we'll continue to answer people's questions as we talked about before. doctors are critical here. they are trusted messengers and we are getting vaccines more and more into doctors' offices. we'll work with employers and schools to bring vaccines onsite as people go back to school and back to work. throughout all of our efforts, equity and fairness will continue to be at the center. this whole of federal government wartime-like approach, it continues and the surge response team is are just another approach given the delta variant and the time we find ourselves in. last question.
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>> roichers. reporter: thank you so much for taking my question. dr. fauci and dr. walensky, i want to ask you a question that i asked at the white house briefing recently. does it send a bad signal, given what we're seeing now in terms of the delta variant and these increases in certain communities, that in washington, the nation's capital, there's going to be a large party at the white house on july 4th and there's going to be fireworks on the national mall, i mean, is that a little bit of a mixed signal on one hand, to be sending to the country at this point? jeff: let me go first there. the fourth of july is a moment for us to set -- step back and celebrate our progress. we've made tremendous progress in our fight against the virus with now two out of three adult americans with at least one shot. and directly because of this work, deaths and
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hospitalizations have fallen 90% since january 20. the american people should be proud of the work that we've collectively done and we want to recognize that progress and that work on july 4th. people who are vaccinated have a high degree of protection and those who are not vaccinated are at risk. and they need to continue to wear a mask and, as the doctors have said, get vaccinated as soon as possible. at the same time as we just talked about, there's a lot more work to do. so we're going to double down on our efforts to keep pushing more and more people to get vaccinated by making it, as dr. fauci said, easy. lots of places to get vaccinated, it's free, it's convenient. so we're going to keep doing that, but right now it's an appropriate time to step back and celebrate the progress we've made, at the same time we have a lot more work to do. dr. fauci?
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dr. fauci: you said it very well. nothing is really changed in our -- has really changed in our policy. you're dealing with the -- a very important national holiday. the country as a whole, as i've mentioned, and we have mentioned several times, has done very well. you can still celebrate at the same time as you get your message very, very clear. and the message for the situation in washington is the same. and you said it very well. that is, if you are vaccinated, you have a high degree of protection. if you are not, you should wear a mask and you should think very seriously about getting vaccinated. so in so many respects nothing has really changed. we are celebrating as a country at the same time as we recognize the fact that we're in a serious situation for those who have not been vaccinated. and the message is, get vaccinated. jen: let's close on get
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vaccinated. if -- jeff: let's close on get vaccinated if you're not vaccinated and happy fourth of july weekend to everyone. we look forward toing everybody next week. thank you. -- to seeing everybody next week. thank you. [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2021] >> president biden will be talking about the condo collapse in miami. he and the first lady also met with first responders in surfside, just outside miami. c-span's standing by to bring you the president's remarks live. while we wait, some of "washington journal."
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>> i don't know if it was inevitable.
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>> that was publication written by larry benson andy buccholz. the book was called, "where's the fraud" and it focused on these transnational criminal groups stealing government funds. the issue is that a lot of governments haven't enabled digital tools. they don't have processes in place that the private sector does to make sure you are who you say you are. what the criminals did is they took advantage of this at scale using all the stolen p.i. that's been out there over the past decade. because the state government didn't have tools in place to validate identity, it was very easy for these groups to steal massive amounts of money. >> for people expecting -- were expecting to be paid unemployment benefits, how did
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this manifest itself. did they not see that money show up and then have to file for that money? how did this work? >> that's a great question. a lot of people aren't talking about the individuals that haven been -- that have been impacted. what's happened is you put thing into two buckets. your information is stolen by one of these criminal groups. they use it to get benefits in your name and then unfortunately if you find yourself in a situation where you need the benefit and you apply, you can't get your benefit. that's been a huge issue across the country and i would suspect a number of your viewers today have experienced receiving a 1099-g form that isn't attributable to the benefits that they received. the second part of this is individuals whose identities were used in a different state where, for example, one of the best stories i think is


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