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tv   White House COVID-19 Response Team Holds Briefing  CSPAN  July 8, 2021 11:06am-11:40am EDT

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is there accountability for the industry? that is one thing governor cuomo brought up and what might be coming down the pike in new york and i say that because thinking about what we have been talked about in this conversation, there are different points along the way where gun manufacturers have promoted their products in ways that i personally find socially irresponsible. ins about -- things about targeting, are you afraid of the place if you are a black american? do not take a chance, take matters in your hands. in my book, i talk about how there is a lot of anxiety >> find more of this discussion by searching washington journal on our website read will take you live to the white house covid 19 response team with an update on the pandemic. >> loved ones in their communities. already in just over five
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months, thanks to our government effort and the hard work of local leaders in communities across the country, more than 182 million americans have taken action and rolled up their sleeves to get a shot. nearly 160 million americans have gotten fully vaccinated. just yesterday we got a powerful reminder about what is at stake in our vaccination effort from a new report by experts from the yale school of public health. the study states the vaccination campaign markedly curve the u.s. pandemic. and concludes the pace at which we have vaccinated the country has saved more than 100,000 american lives. and prevented up to 450,000 hospitalizations. this is further evidence that our whole of government strategy is working and it has prevented
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significant further tragedy and disruption to american lives and livelihoods. more than two out of three adults have at least one shot. as a country we are closer than ever to ending this pandemic and getting back to normal. but the sad reality is despite our progress, we are still losing people to this virus, which is especially tragic even at this point it is unnecessary -- given that it is unnecessary and preventable. hospitalizations and deaths are now occurring among unvaccinated individuals. eat -- to be clear there will likely to continue to beat increases in the cases among unvaccinated americans and in communities with low vaccination rates, particularly given the spread of the more transmissible delta variant. at the same time we have already fully vaccinated nearly 80% of seniors, those 65 and older and
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those most at risk. so despite a potential increase in the number of cases, there will likely be fewer hospitalizations and deaths. the bottom line is there is simply no reason anyone 12 and older should be severely impacted by this virus. so our focus is on reaching those who have still not made the choice to protect themselves, their loved ones, and their communities. over the last six months we've seen backseat -- vaccine confidence increased steadily from 34% to 68%. that is because we have worked hard to get the word out about the safety and efficacy of the vaccines. and because so many americans stepped up and gotten their shot and done their part. now we know most people who are not yet vaccinated still have to make up their mind.
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as such, each person in this phase will take longer to reach, but that makes them no less important. in the spread of the delta variant which poses a particular threat to our young people, only strengthens our resolve to reach everyone. our job is to do all we can to reach americans where they are, to answer their questions and to make it as easy as possible to get a shot as soon as they are ready. and our goal is simple, get more and more americans fully vaccinated. as the science mix crystal clear , individuals who are fully vaccinated have a very high degree of protection and those who are not fully vaccinated are not protected. so every individual we vaccinate is a step forward and across the summer months we will vaccinate millions more individuals. as the president said, we will
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do this by going community by community, neighborhood by neighborhood, a person by person. by partnering with governors, mayors, doctors, school administrators, employers and faith leaders and community organizers, leaders that people know and trust. one shot at a time, one person at a time. we know this local community by community approach works. in june we focused in places with some of the lowest vaccination rates. we work with local organizations in these communities to make sure people knew where to get a vaccine and how effective the vaccines are against covid-19. we focused much of this work in states including alabama, arizona, florida, georgia and texas.
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state with some of the lowest vaccination rates. across june, vaccination rates in the states grew faster than the overall natural national vaccination rate. so we will stay at it -- overall national vaccination rate. we will get vaccines to more and more family doctors so americans can get a shot at the doctor's office. we've already nearly doubled the number of medical practices, with tens of thousands of family doctors now administering shots. we will build on this progress and work with pediatricians and other health care providers to serve younger people and push to get younger people vaccinated as they see their doctors for back-to-school checkups or get physicals for fall sports. we will also intensify our efforts to bring vaccines to her many people spend the most time during the week at workplaces and on school campuses.
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at the same time we will work with communities to get more shots in arms. we are also mobilizing covid-19 search response teams to provide additional support to states in dealing with outbreaks among the unvaccinated. the covid-19 search response teams has begun working with several states to identify and support the state specific or county specific needs. this includes states such as missouri, illinois and arkansas. these include providing expert support from the cdc on outbreak investigations, working with local health officials in getting more treatments for people with covid and helping states increase vaccine confidence, answer questions and expand access. in the days and weeks ahead we will make sure states have access to specific federal resources and capabilities they need to fight the virus.
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as always we will keep equity at the center of everything we do. every person and every community matters. in closing, america is coming back. millions are safely living a more normal life and we have a huge swath of the country vaccinated. we have moved from getting americans vaccinated as speed and scale never seen book ash at speed and scale never seen before. focusing a reaching every individual remains vaccinated to ensure they are protected as well. if we push forward with a singular focus, every shot matters, every individual that we vaccinate is progress. it's another life protected. another community safer and another step towards putting this pandemic behind us that has sadly taken more than 600,000 lives. and a total of 4 million lives
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around the world. with that let me handed over to dr. walensky. >> let's begin with an overview of the data. yesterday the cdc reported a little over 14,000 new cases of covid-19. our seven day averages about 13,900 cases per day. this represents an increase in cases of nearly 11% from the seven day average. the seven day average of hospital admissions is 2000 per day. this represents an increase of about 7% from the prior average. the seven day average of daily deaths is about 184 per day. these numbers and what we are seeing across the country reveal the truth about the current state of the pandemic. on the one hand we have seen our vaccination program of the last eight months with cases, hospitalizations and deaths far lower than the peaks we saw in january.
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on the other hand we are starting to see some new and concerning trends. simply put, in areas of low vaccination coverage, cases and hospitalizations are up. further we are seeing some small clusters and larger outbreaks of covid-19 in locations such as camps and community events where prevention strategies are not enforced. meanwhile the delta variant is spreading rapidly throughout the country. this week it is estimated to be the most prevalent variant in the united states representing over 50% of sequence sample across the country, up from 26% from the week ending in june 19. the percentage is even higher. in parts of the midwest and upper mountain states, the early sequencing suggest the delta variant accounts for approximately 80% of cases.
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although we expected the delta variant to become the dominant strain, this rapid rise is troubling. we know the delta variant has increased transmissibility and is surging in parts of the country with low vaccination rates. we also know unauthorized vaccine ash -- we also know these results have been observed not just here in the united states, but in other countries as well. widespread vaccination is what will truly turn the corner on this pandemic. if you are not vaccinated, you remain susceptible especially from the transmissible delta variant and are particularly at risk for severe illness and death. i want to share my concerns about what we are seeing across the country in areas of low vaccination coverage and in counties with increasing case rates. as shown on the left, there are
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173 counties in the united states with case rates of greater than or equal to 100 cases per 100,000 people over the last seven days. on the right side shown in purple are the counties in the u.s. that have full vaccine recovery of less than 40% and cases greater than or equal to 100 per 100,000 people over the last several days. of the 170 counties with the highest case rate, the past -- vast majority had less than 40% vaccination of residents. these counties are where more than 9 million people live and work in other locations in the country where we are seeing increased hospitalization and death among unvaccinated individuals. many of these counties are all -- also locations where the delta variant represents a large majority. low vaccination rates in these
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counties coupled with high case rates that do not protect those who are unvaccinated will certainly and sadly lead to more unnecessary suffering, hospitalizations and potential deaths. indeed, preliminary data from several states over the last few months suggests 99.5% of deaths from covid-19 in the united states were from unvaccinated people. so deaths were preventable with a simple, safe shot. covid vaccines are free and available to everyone age 12 and up. vaccination is our leading public health strategy to stop the delta variant and bring case rates down. we are seeing communities in counties that have high vaccine coverage and low case rates are getting back to normal. turning the corner on pandemic,
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getting back to normal and stopping the delta variant requires all of us to do our part and to get vaccinated. i will turn things over to dr. fauci. dr. fauci: as you heard, the delta variant is assuming more and more dominance in this country, particularly in those areas of low vaccination. the logical question one asks is the vaccines we are using, how effective are they against the various aspects of disease associated with the delta variant? let's take a look at the mrna vaccines which are two out of three vaccines used in this country. mrna overwhelmingly used the most among vaccines. if you ask cases protected against the study showing the two doses of pfizer are about 79% protective. symptomatically disease, two
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doses of pfizer, 88%. hospitalizations again in england, two doses, 96% real world effectiveness. you can make a reasonable assumption that these are applicable -- data act liberal -- that data applicable to pfizer is applicable. what about the j&j vaccines? there is indirect and direct evidence for effectiveness of j&j against the delta variant. because if you look at a comparison between the j&j and the oxford astrazeneca, because they use similar adenovirus vectors, we have clinical data with az in real world effectiveness. real-world infection versus symptomatically, versus the important number on the bottom
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of the slide, a 92% effective against hospitalization from the delta variant. there's also other types of data. mainly looking the antibodies that are produced by vaccination -- produced by vaccination from j&j. they looked at studies with a typical single dose of j&j vaccine. next slide. in a similar related paper, when you look at the durability of the humor in cellular immunity using the j&j vaccine against the delta variant and other variants shows not only protection projected by the end -- antibody test but also good durability of that protection. so what's the bottom line of all of this? we've heard about the threat from dr. walensky about the
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increase in affection -- infections. if you get vaccinated, are you protected? shown on the study of this story from the new york times, of world is understandably worried about the delta virus variant. studies showed as i've shown you on the previous four or five slides that the vaccines indeed are effective against it. the only conclusion that can reasonably, two of the last few minutes is please get vaccinated. it will protect you against the surging of the delta variant. let me handed over to dr. nunez smith. dr. newness smith. -- dr. nunez smith: i will focus
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today on communities of color. considering the data we have and of course we have two acknowledge there are dado -- notable data gaps. but still the data indicates the majority of the individuals receiving vaccines over the past two weeks identified as people of color. a majority of individuals getting their shot this week identify as black. half of latinos make -- latinos make up 70% -- 70% of the population and of made up 34% of those getting their shot. particularly when we look at the federal vaccination channels set up in the first week of the administration. at community health centers more than 75% of people vaccinated at
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those stations are people of color. nearly two thirds vaccinated dialysis centers are people of color. 58 percent of doses administered at pharmacies have been people of color. we still have more work to do. the work is to be hyper local. every vaccination is a new inquiry. we will continue to address structural barriers. expressing accurate information as well as vaccinations, meeting people where they are. so you will see more mobile units across the country.
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we will continue to work with employers on paid time off and to provide on-site vaccination opportunities. we will continue to lift up promising practices, finding ways to bring vaccinations to people. on mondays and fridays, the chicago transit authority is partnering with the chicago department of public health to implement pop-up covid-19 vaccination station clinics. the chicago transit authority has retrofitted buses that will make stops to administer vaccines where rates have been lower. today we are pleased to announce that four of the nation's largest childcare providers have agreed to continue providing free childhood care for those getting vaccinated through labor day which is september 6.
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extended from the initial commitment. thank you to all of our partners. we will keep partnering with communities organizations. those partners are trusted and trustworthy. a medical practice for local community sector, working together to build back confidence and access. we have to continue to get the message out that vaccination is free and ideas not required. proof of insurance is not required. we will always commit to maintaining. last but -- state -- maintaining data privacy. we will commit to prioritizing long-term health equity policy. partnership and collaboration, that's how we will get through this together.
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thank you so much everyone on the ground. with that i will turn things back over to you. >> thank you doctors doctors, let's open up for a few questions. >> we are very limited on questions and timing today so please keep it to one question. >> thanks for taking my question. i'm wondering if you could talk a little bit more about mask wearing. you said you would possibly wear if you were in a community with low vaccination rates. is there any sort of thinking we might have two going back to wearing masks indoors if things get worse in the fall? dr. fauci: when i was asked the question about wearing masks when you are vaccinated and the question that was if you would go to a place with a high degree of viral dynamics and a very low level of vaccine, what you might
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do. i underscored might. that is the discretion people have even if you are vaccinated. if you were an elderly person, a person with an underlying disease you might want to go the extra mile of protection of wearing a mask if you were indoors in an environment with a high degree of infection in the community and a low-level of vaccination. that is not a mask recommendation, that is just for consideration of each individual has their own level of the risk they would like to take. there are many individuals who would feel because of their age or because of an underlying condition that they might want to wear a mask. let me emphasize that if you are vaccinated, you have a very high degree of protection. therefore you do not need to wear a mask.
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i wanted to make sure i clarified what i had said and what was interpreted with what i had said. >> next question. >> thank you. just want to follow up on that and ask, can we take from that then that are we going to be looking at going the way of the u.k. insert leaving up to individuals to decide how and when and where to -- and where to wear a mask. dr. fauci: it really is consistent with what he just said. you look for with the general recommendation is, the general recommendation is a high degree
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-- in a a few are vaccinated you do not have to wear a mask indoors or outdoors bread we of course leave it up to individuals to make an evaluation of the level of risk. some people are very risk-averse and they say even though you are telling me a high degree of protection for myself, i would opt for any number of reasons, major underlying conditions, a great degree of risk aversion. you have the option of making a personal choice of whether you like to wear a mask indoors where there's a high degree of viral dynamics and a low degree of vaccination. >> i don't have a lot to add except to say if you vaccinated from hospitalization, severe disease. i want to emphasize if you are
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not vaccinated, first they should go get vaccinated. you are definitively not protected for the disease is you if you're unvaccinated. for them i absolutely suggest jimmy to wear a mask. >> thank you for doing this. could you follow up on the mask. do you have any sense of what's been driving this and broadly can you speak to the question of when borders will be open and how you will make that determination from the european union. >> you pointed to some areas we are following closely because of
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their low vaccination rates we are increasing cases there. those two maps were very important informative. lower rates of vaccination, we are encouraging people who are not vaccinated yet. and wear a mask until you do. >> is made significant progress. we will continue to put public health when making borders and travel. any decisions about reopening international travel will be guided by our public health and medical experts. i don't have a specific update for you on any reopening plans. we must remain vigilant, particularly given the spread of the delta variant and we will
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reopen when the health and medical experts believe it is safe to do so. >> thanks for taking my question. one clarification on the delta variant, can you say how accurate you think the 51% estimate is and if it's a possible undercount? could you respond to the missouri governor saying he doesn't want government officials going door to door pushing the vaccine to ensure that that doesn't happen. >> over time number of cases we continue to sequence and then update. 51% is an estimate of about the first 600 sequences. it has some uncertainty around it, but that's our best estimate , generally we think it's a
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relatively stable as we get more sequences over time and we will update those. >> as we've said from the beginning, all of the studies, all of our experiences, the best people to talk about vaccinations with those who have questions are local messengers. doctors, faith leaders, community leaders. they may go door to door the people look to for that type of advice. we've seen movements by going person by person, community by community in states where neighbors have contacted neighbors, this is important work leading to more vaccinations. people care about the health of their family, friends and neighbors.
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i would say for those individuals and organizations that are feeding this information and drying to mischaracterize this type of trusted messenger work, i believe you are doing a disservice to the country and doctors, faith leaders, community leaders and others who are working to get people vaccinated to save lives and end this pandemic. >> >> thanks very much. could you weigh in on the olympics given the new state of emergency? should the first lady still go and what is your perspective on this? should vaccinated people getting tested on a regular basis to know if they are a breakthrough case or if they are carrying the delta variant or any other variant for that matter? >> let me turn to dr. fauci on
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the olympics and dr. walensky on your second skin. dr. fauci: as we always do we leave the situation of the kinds of restrictions that are going to be put on people, to the olympics to local authorities who know best with what's going on. with regards to the athletes themselves, protocols in place to protect them are really quite stringent. many of them, maybe the majority are going to be vaccinated, but the care being taken to avoid the spread is really something that i think is quite impressive from what i've heard about it. the question about the first lady going there. i think that's going to be up to the first lady. i believe there is no reason right now given the situation that the protocol to protect her held will be rather stringent. i don't have a concern about that.
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the final choice of what you do -- she does is up to her. dr. walensky: if you have symptoms that could suggest covid-19 that you should absolute get a test. we don't see any reason currently to test those who are asymptomatic. what i want to emphasize is those symptoms runny nose, sore throat, cough or tip of -- typical of respiratory system they may ignore is not as being covid-19. if you have that and you've been vaccinated, you should get a covid-19 test. >> thank you everybody, we look forward to seeing you at next week's briefing. [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2021] >> coming up shortly, live coverage of the national governors association summer meeting with the outgoing nga
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