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was very clear in talking to reporters. we progressives are not going to vote for this until this infrastructure package until the reconciliation passes the senate. no one is taking any promises from them that this may get done at a later date. that means the infrastructure package isn't going anywhere. pelosi can only afford three defections in her caucus if the republicans vote in lockstep. she's going to have to go along with what she is demanding. a deal in hand, a solid deal in hand on the reconciliation bill before it moves. as joe manchin said last night,
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late into the night, he said there is no deal coming anytime soon. there are still a lot of work to be done. the memo shows there is >> we'll leave this segment here. take you live now to the white house for the covid-19 briefing. live coverage on c-span. >> driven by the president's six-point plan, we continue to get more vaccines into arms and protect more people. today doctors with a lynn i ask, dr. fauciy -- fauci, and 34ur if i will jif give you an update. first, the effectiveness of vaccines and work to get more people vaccinated, including through vaccine requirements. second, our work to bring americans additional protection through booster shots. thirder the potential or on the horizon for vaccinating
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younger children. we start with dr. walensky, and dr. fauci on the effectiveness of vaccines and booster shots. dr. walensky: thank you, good morning. let's begin with an overview of the data. today our seven-day average of cases is about 106,400 per day. the seven day average of hospital admissions is about 8,300 per day. both are about a 15% decrees from last week. seven day average daily deaths are at 1476 per day. you heard me say it before, vaccines are the most powerful tool we have to prevent covid-19 infections, hospitalizations, and deaths. the power of vaccination is not just for the individual who gets the shot, it is also for those around them and their community. today i want to share with you new data that demonstrates just how essential vaccination is in
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our fight against covid-19. about 185 million americans have rolled up their sleeves and are fully vaccinated against covid-19. unfortunately, that leaves about 70 million eligible americans unvaccinated. these people are not evenly distributed. there are still places around the country where far too much individuals remain unvaccinated and many states where vaccination rates are less than 50%, leaving themselves and their communities at risk and without adequate protection against covid-19. we are beginning to see cases and hospitalizations decrees from their peaks in late august and early september. this looks at the seven day moving average of cases, hospitalizations, and deaths in three groups. in blue those states with less than 55% of their eligible populations fully vaccinated. in yellow, those states with between 55 and 55% of their
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population fully vaccinated. in green, those states with greater than 65% of their population eligible fully vaccinated. the panel on the left you can see weekly covid-19 case rates. in those states with less than 55% of their eligible population vaccinated, case rates were consistently higher than in states with higher vaccine coverage. at the peak of the summer delta surge, the low vaccine coverage states had a case rate over twice the rate seen in medium and high vaccination coverage states. in the middle panel you can see the same trends for the hospitalization rates for covid-19 with low vaccine coverage states having higher hospitalization rates and remaining substantially elevated even as case total rates begin to decline. in the panel on the right, deaths remain substantially higher on states with low vaccine coverage.
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these data makes two points abundantly clear. first, covid-19 vaccines are highly effective in preventing serious disease, hospitalization, and death due to covid-19. second, high vaccination coverage in your community translates into fewer cases, less of a burden on your local health care system, lower disease rates in your classrooms, and better health for those around you. including protecting children less than 12 years old who are not yet eligible for vaccination. while we have made tremendous progress in our campaign to vaccinate as many americans as possible, we still have work to do to make sure that vaccination coverage is high and even across the country. this week c.d.c. released a health alert highlighting the incredibly low rates of vaccination in pregnant people and those who may become pregnant. a group of people who are at high risk from severe complication from covid-19. overall, only 31% of pregnant
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people are fully vaccinated. and only 15% of black pregnant people are vaccinated. i want to re-enforce these vaccines are safe and effective, including during pregnancy. the benefits of vaccination far outweigh any risk to both mom and baby. if you have not yet been vaccinated, i urge you to talk with your health care provider and those in your community about the benefits of vaccination. vaccination is our best defense against covid-19. we have the scientific tools needed to put an end to this pandemic. we have the science to prove these vaccines are safe and remain effective, and i am confident that we can come together and protect ourselves and our communities from covid-19. thapg you. i'll turn it over to dr. fauci. dr. fauci: thank you very much, dr. walensky. i would like to now provide three concise messages about how we can accelerate the end of the
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epidemic in our country and the pandemic globally with vaccinations. first, covid-19 vaccines are safe, effective, convenient, and free. they protect you, your loved ones, and your community. next slide. this is just one bit of data among many from a variety of local locations throughout the country. in this case it's from public health seattle in king county. this is covid-19 data over the past 30 days. essentially delta data. people who are not fully vaccinated are eight times more likely to test positive, 41 times more likely to be hospitalized, and 57 times more likely to die. compared to people who are
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vaccinated. next slide. next message, booster shots provide further protection against asker co-v two infection and symptomatic covid-19 disease for people at increased risk of severe covid-1919 degrees disees. next slide. this is a slide that showed at a prior press briefing. 12 days or more after the booster dose the rate of concerned infection was lower in the booster group than in the nonbooster group by a factor of 11.3 and the rate of severe illness lower by a factor of 19.5. next slide. this is active severe covid-19 cases by vaccination status in individuals over 60 years old in the israeli study. and the numbers you see are numbers per 100,000 population, as of a couple days ago.
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174.2 in the unvaccinated. 33.7 in those who have two doses of an mrna. and 3.4 in those who have two doses of the mrna, in this case pfizer, plus a booster. next slide. third point, vaccines for children age 5 to 11 pending f.d.a. authorization and c.d.c. recommendation may soon be available to help protect our children and those around them. next slide. as you know, a few days ago pfizer and biontech submitted their data to the f.d.a. from their phase two three trials in vaccine of children five to 11. the end was over 2,000. the companies report that the demonstrated a favorable safety
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profile and elicited robust neutralizing antibody using a due dose regimen of 10 microgram doses. again the f.d.a. will make a regulatory determination and the c.d.c. with their acip will make a recommendation. last slide. so, therefore, the conclusion from the three concise messages are, as dr. walensky said, so cogently, get vaccinated. hears how you can find it, vaccines .gov. text your zip code, call the telephone number on the slide. back to you, jeff. jeff: thank you, doctors. as both dr. walensky and dr. fauci noted vaccines are the best tool we have against the virus in getting more shots in arms is the path out of this pandemic. right now more than three out of four eligible americans have at least their first shot. so that's significant progress.
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but there is more work to be done. that's why the president is implementing bold vaccination requirements, including requirements for 17 million health care workers to be fully vaccinated. and for all with 100 or more employees to ensure their work force is fully vaccinated or tested at minimum one time per week. all told, the president's vaccination requirements will apply to about 100 million workers. that's 2/3 of all workers across the country. as the president has said, employers should act now to protect their work force and communities. and employers are doing just that by enacting vaccination requirements. this week, procter & gamble, and at&t two of the very largest companies in the country, adopted vaccination requirements. delaware announced public and private k-12 schoolteachers an staff need to be vaccinated or
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undergo weekly testing. in pennsylvania, allegheny county is now requiring vaccination for its government employees. if you plan to visit universal studios in california, or go to a grizzlies basketball game in memphis, you have to be fully vaccinated or provide proof of a negative testify. test. each day this week as organizations hit their vaccination deadlines, we got new data showing that vaccination requirements work. let's start on monday. on monday, novant health system in north carolina hit its deadline and announced that day 99% of its 35,000 employees are vaccinated. on tuesday, united airlines announced that 99% of its 60,000 employees were vaccinated and in compliance by its deadline. that's up from 59% just two months ago. then on wednesday, vanderbilt university medical center said
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95% of its 28,000 employees were fully vaccinated. and just yesterday, virginia tech reported that 95% of its students were vaccinated by the school's deadline. the data is clear. when organizations implement vaccine requirements, vaccine rates, vaccination rates soared to 90% or greater. more and more companies are stepping up to make vaccine requirements the standard across all sectors. look at job postings. the number of job postings that list covid vaccination as a requirement jumped 20 times in the past two months. bottom line, vaccination requirements work. and driven by the president's requirements, vaccination rates of businesses, health care systems, universities, and colleges, other institutions across the country will continue to increase. as we vaccinate the unvaccinated, we are also
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enhancing protection for vaccinated americans through booster shots. we estimate that by day's end almost two million americans will have rolled up their sleeves and gotten a booster shot. nearly two million booster shots in the first week. that's a very strong start. in states and pharmacies reaching out to millions of eligible individuals with text messages, emails, and calls. maryland alone has made more than 250,000 calls to eligible individuals since last friday. pharmacies across the country have scheduled more than a million individuals to get their booster shot across the next couple weeks. and pharmacies are also scheduling over 8,000 on-site clinics to bring booster and flu shots to the most vulnerable, including nursing home and assisted living facility residents and staff. so the boosters program is off to a running start and we are working with states, tribes, and territories, pharmacies, community health centers,
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doctors and other providers to get millions of eligible americans their booster. let me close by reiterating we are laser focused on getting more shots in arms, particularly to vaccinate the unvaccinated. that's our path out of this pandemic. so if you are unvaccinated, please get a shot. it's free. it's safe. it's easy. it will help make all of us safer. with that let me turn it over to dr. murphy, an update on the potential for vaccinations for younger children. dr. murphy: thanks so much, jeff. good to be with everyone today. one of the many reasons i'm hopeful about the future of our pandemic response is have a vaccines for children under 12 are on the horizon. i want to start by sharing why i'm personally invested in this process. my wife and i have two children under 12. like all parents we want them to be healthy and safe. we spent a lot of time during the pandemic considering how best to protect them. they recently started school and
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we are so grateful that they have the chance to learn in person and enjoy social time with their peers. we are especially grateful to their school for following the c.d.c. guidelines for schools and for using universal masking, regular testing, and improved tentlation to reduce the risk to our kids and all children in the school. knowing that our kids are unvaccinated their safety is still in our minds. more broadly i know that covid has been a source of stress and worry for all those who have children in their lives because we want them to be protected from covid. the vaccine could make a big difference for the health of our kids and for the peace of mind of parents everywhere. let's talk about our path forward when it comes to vaccinating our children. from the dosage selection to the clinical trials to the rigorous review process. i want to note that the foundation of this entire process is safety. the safety of our nation's children is our highest value and our greatest responsibility. it dictates everything else in
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the process. that starts with the dosage. vaccines for children come in different dosages because children aren't just tiny adults, they are growing and developing in countless ways. they are carefully considered and selected for its safety and response in children. a guiding principle of safety also warrants conducting separate clinical trials for children who want to be sure beyond the shadow of a doubt that the evidence indicates the strong safety profile and strong immune response in children. that's why it matters that thousands of kids are enrolled in each trial and they are carefully monitored for at least two full months after they receive their second dose. when there is sufficient data from those clinical trials, the vaccine developers submit their data and a formal request to the f.d.a. which then conducts a thorough independent evaluation. if the f.d.a. grants the vaccine in emergency use authorization, or e.u.a., then the vaccine can be administered. we have one more important layer
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of review, if the f.d.a. grants the authorization, the c.d.c.'s advisory committee by immunization practices that meets to conduct their own review on specific clinical recommendations for health care providers. as you can see, this is an involved process. it's conducted by some of the most distinguished experts on vaccine. and the data and advisory committee proceedings are public for maximum transparency. so where are we right now? at the moment the vaccine furthest along for children is the pfizer vaccine. they have more than 2,000 children enrolled in their clinical trial anti-company has reported they have seen promising results. the f.d.a. has released a statement saying that once they receive a formal request for authorization from pfizer, they are prepared to complete a thorough independent review as quickly as possible, likely a matter of weeks rather than months. the covid-19 vaccines are f.d.a.'s top priority and they
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know the urgency with which our children need a vaccine. they will be guided by science and safety as they evaluate vaccine data for children. that's what's reassuring to me as a parent. that is why when a vaccine is available for kids 5 through 11 i will look forward to taking my son to get vaccinated. until then, my family will be taking every step possible to protect our unvaccinated children from the virus. we will adhere to our school's masking policy because we know universal masking in schools reduces our children's risk of getting covid. in areas of maricopa and pima counties, schools that started the year wows mask requirements were 3 1/2 times more likely to have covid-19 outbreaks than schools with early mask requirements. our children will also participate in the regular testing program their school has set up to catch potential infection early and prevent outbreaks. additionally every member of our family will wear masks in indoor public spaces. when we take our kids to see
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other people, we will try to do so in spaces with good ventilation like outdoor setting. finally, even though our youngest kids can't get vaccinated yet, the rest of us can. when we are vaccinated we act as barriers between our kids and the virus. if you are eligible to get vaccinated, please do so. if not for your own safety, then for the safety of unvaccinated children in your community. as challenging as this pandemic has been, we must never lose sight of the fact that we have made progress in combating covid-19. we have learned how to slow the spread of the virus. we have powerful, powerful tools, including vaccines, that we didn't have before. now we also have the promise of the vaccine for children under 12. we will continue to press forward with our efforts to protect people from covid with vaccines and other tools that science tells us work to save lives and keep people out of the hospital. thanks so much. i look forward to taking some of your questions. back to jeff.
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jeff: thanks, doctor. let's open it up for questions. kevin. kevin: first question, sabrina at the "wall street journal." reporter: thank you so much as always for giving the briefing. i have two questions. first, can you talk more about what steps you are taking to lower the cost of rapid at-home tests and testing capacity more broadly given the higher demand at schools and other settings. the white house has repeatedly said the c.d.c. is responsible for the continued use of title 42 with respect to immigration. what is the c.d.c.'s criteria for lifting title 42. are you considering lifting it? jeff: i'll take the first question over doctor walensky. testing capacity has increased significantly. it's available testing at many locations, pharmacies, community health septemberers, states, and local -- centers, states and
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local sites. we'll continue to increase the number of sites that the president laid out in his six-point plan by thousands. to be clear these tests come at no cost. what you brought up was that home testing which came to market earlier this year. these are clearly convenient and become very popular and very high demand. so the president announced a few weeks ago we made a significant investment last month to further scale rapid test. we are investing $2 billion to produce hundreds of millions of additional tests. this gives the manufacturers -- the confidence to increase their capacity. we are actually on track now to double the number of rapid tests in the market over the next 60 days. we have also worked with top retailers, wal-mart, amazon, and kroeger who have all agreed to sell these at--home tests at their costs which will make them
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more affordable. overall we'll continue to pull every lever we can to further extend the manufacturing and production of these tests in order to make them more widely available and to drive down the costs per test. we certainly encourage all americans to get vaccinated. and get tested to get tested. doctor women len i ask: -- doctor with a len can i: all but a handful of states in this country remain in the red area. high levels of transmission over per 100,000 tastes over seven days. title 42 is a public health order. decreeing the amount of crowding certainly will be one strategy to degrees the amount of transmission related to covid-19. we are re- evaluating the title 42 order as a public health order. we do so every 60 days and continue to re- evaluate that. in the meantime, c.d.c. is providing technical assistance
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at border areas to ensure and work towards decreeing public health and covid transmission in these areas. thank you. jeff: next question. kevin: miller, a.p. reporter: thanks. i was hoping you might explain a little bit why you think cases and hospitalizations right now are coming down. does it say something -- what does that say about the rest of the fall and winter? more broadly, a number of surveys have come out showing the fully vaccinated people are still significantly altering their lives. hearing they may get the virus. should people who are fully vaccinated continue to harbor doubts about the efficacy of the vaccines? change their lives? should they continue to postpone travel and stop -- not dining
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indoors or get back to normal? jeff: first question over to you, dr. walensky. if you have anything to add, dr. fauci. dr. walensky: we have seen this with all of our surges when they peak and come down. we are watching carefully and understand the impact of delta might be a little different. one of the things i think that's critically important now is as these cases come down the most important thing that we can do is to continue to practice the mitigation strategies that we know work. of course that's masking, hand washing, distancing, ventilation. critically important is vaccination. the future where we go with this pandemic with delta and the other potential variants lies within our ability to get this country vaccinated and in the meantime to double down on the prevention strategies at work. jeff: dr. fauci. dr. fauci: one point i think is important to make is i think that the people who are unvaccinated when they see the
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curves starting to come down, that is not a reason to remain unvaccinated, because if you want to ensure that we get down to a very low level and that we don't resurge again, we still got to get a very large proportion, about 70 million people who are eligible to be vaccinated who are not. we have to get them vaccinated. it's good news that we are starting to see a turning around of the curve in coming down. that is not an excuse to walk away from the issue of needing to get vaccinated. jeff: second question on fully vaccinated people, dr. murthy, do you want to respond? dr. murthy: thanks for the question. i think a couple of important points. number one is, if people are fully vaccinated it's important they know they have a high degree of protection against the worst outcomes of covid.
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hospitalization, severe disease, and death. bottom line is, the vaccine saves lives and keeps people out of the hospital. that's one of the reasons why many people who are fully vac sip nateed feel more comfortable going visiting relatives and getting back some of their day-to-day activities they enjoyed. there are some people, especially in the face of the delta variant, who recognize that even though they may be ok, they want to take extra precautions to avoid transmitting to people at home. who may be unvaccinated. maybe they have elderly relatives at home who are compromised. kids under 12 who are unvaccinated. some of them are taking some extra precautions which is reasonable. in no way, shape, or form should this take away that the vaccines are highly effective and they do dramatically reduce your risk. one last thing i'll mention here around boosters. we have given how effective vaccines have been we want to extend that protection that people have enjoyed from the
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vaccine. the booster program is actually going to help us do that, particularly with our higher risk populations. that's why the f.d.a. and c.d.c. made their recommendations last week on boosters for those of 65 with other illlesses and illnesses and higher risk of exposure. our lives are better because of the vaccines and the more people who get vaccinated the people we'll be able to return to naturalle -- normal. jeff: next question. kevin clo cnn. reporter: i wanted to see if you could react to this news from merck about their antiviral bill for those patients hospitalized by covid in half. i know this has to go through the f.d.a. process. do you have an estimated timeline when you hope this will be approved? i know that you have also already reached an agreement for 1.7 million courses of this
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medicine. are there plans to buy more? are -- how exactly would it be distributed to the states? jeff: dr. fauci for the first part of the question. dr. fauci: for the first part of the question, the news of the efficacy of this particular antiviral is obviously very good news. the company when they briefed us last night had mentioned that they will be submitting their data to the f.d.a. imminently. the data are impressive. there was a 50% diminution of importance. in the placebo group there were eight defendants, the treatment group there were no deaths. very important and good news. we also hesitate to make any timelines. the f.d.a. will look at the data and in their usual very efficiently and effective way will examine the data as quickly as they possibly can. and then it will be taken from
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there because once a recommendation is made, then we go through the same process of getting the recommendation for its usage through the c.d.c. jeff: thank you. second part of the question if it is authorized, as dr. fauci just described the process, the federal government has contracted to purchase 1.7 million doses to make this therapy available. the government also has an option for some additional doses. if approved, i think the right way to think about this is this is a potential additional tool in our toolbox to protect people from the worst outcomes of covid. i think it's really important to remember that vaccination, as we talked about today, remains far and away our best tool against covid-19. it can prevent you from getting covid in the first place. and we want to prevent infections not just ways to treat them once they happen. one more question.
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kevin: one last question. abc news. reporter: thank you for taking my question. untesting -- on testing, the administration has pledged millions -- billions towards shoring up our testing infrastructure. a core part of the pandemic. we have seen them fly off of shelves. we are not seeing pharmacies rationing how many tests a person can buy. can you help us understand what's going wrong here. why countries like germany have been able to flood their market with tests and the us us has not been able to. jeff: i think it's important to emphasize that overall testing capacity across the country remains robust. you're right that the at--home rapid test is under a lot of demand. as i said the manufacturing is saying up -- scaling up significantly, doubling the next couple months. we'll keep at it to encourage those manufacturers to increase
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capacity and to drive down the cost of those tests. we will continue to pull every lever we can to increase the convenience of rapid at-home testing. jeff: thank you for today. i hope everybody has a good weekend. i look forward to next week's briefing. [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2021] [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy visit] >> the u.s. house remays in recess for now. members are expected to gavel in at some point today. they'll continue debate on the $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill. members were hoping to finish work on the bill yesterday but it was pushed back from progressive democrats because the bill fails to include their priorities. funding for climate programs, paid leave, child at home health care, affordable housing, and a
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