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tv   White House COVID-19 Response Team Holds Briefing  CSPAN  November 18, 2021 2:39am-3:12am EST

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>> good morning everyone and thinks for joining us. i will turn to the doctors in a moment. first i want to share an update on the progress we're are making on vaccinations. both here in the united states and around the world. i will start with our vaccinations program for kids ages five to 11. our kids program hit all strength last week, 10 days ago. already, our affective rollout is helping parents and families across the country experience a sigh of relief of knowing their kids are on the path to having protection from the virus. we estimate by the end of the
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day 2.6 million kids ages five to 11 will have gotten there for shots. -- first shots. that is about 10% of kids. 10 days into our program being full strength, we are at 10% of kids. for perspective, it took about 50 days broached to reach that for us to reach adults with one shot. when the polio vaccine was first ruled out for kids in the 1950's, it took about three months to cross 2.5 million shots in arms. in fact, the pace of vaccinations for kids has been accelerating. in the last week, 1.7 million kids vaccinated, double the prior week. the cdc will be publishing additional vaccination data later this week as it gets more data from states and providers. as we noted, the data they
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receive is delayed by several days. operationally, continue to make strong progress with the kids vaccination program. vaccines for kids are now available at more than 30,000 trusted and convenient occasions. that is up from 20,000 last week. 10 days and we have one vaccine site for every 900 kids. that compares to one vaccine site for every 3500 americans age 12 and older. in addition to being safe, effective and free, vaccines for kids are regular -- readily available and convenient. at the same time, we are continuing to get first shots to unvaccinated americans 12 and older and booster shots to provide enhanced protection. each day about 300,000 individuals roll up their sleeve to get their first shot. and today about we reached the
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milestone of 80% of americans 12 and older with at least one shot. we also crossed 31 million americans with a booster shot. importantly, we are getting boosters to eligible seniors. those most at risk, and most vulnerable. since the program launched in late september, half of eligible seniors vaccinated with pfizer have gotten there booster. that is compared to the almost three months it took to get half of all seniors a first shot when the vaccination program launched under the prior administration. let me end with an update on the global vaccination program. from the start, president biden has been clear the only way to defeat covid is to defeat virus here at home and around the world. that is why we have committed to donating $1.2 billion 1.2 billion doses -- 1.2 billion
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doses around the world. for every shot week given the united states, we are donating about three doses around the world. today we will hit a major milestone in our effort to deliver on this commitment. 250 million doses delivered to 110 countries. a quarter of a billion doses donated and delivered around the world for free with no strings attached. this is a remarkable achievement. more doses delivered by the united states then every other country in the world combined and millions more shipped each week. we are also continuing to take additional steps to help vaccinate the world. already we have ramped up manufacturing here and abroad, built out a sustainable supply chain and increased capacity globally to make vaccines. today we take another major step
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to bolster vaccine manufacturing, both for this pandemic and to prepare for any future threats. hhs is soliciting companies that have experience manufacturing mrna vaccines to identify opportunities to scale up their production capacity. initial production could provide more mrna coded vaccines for the world. the goal of this program is to expand existing capacity by the additional one billion doses per year with production starting by the second half of 2022. this program would also help us produce doses within six to nine months of identification of the future pathogen and ensure enough vaccines for all americans. it would combine the expertise of the u.s. government in basic scientific research with the robust ability of pharmaceutical
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companies to manufacture mrna vaccines. we hope companies step up and act quickly to take us up on this opportunity. and set us up to react quickly to any future pandemic threats. we know vaccination is our best way to accelerate the pack out of the pandemic and taking a look at the data, we know the president's plan is producing results. any percent of americans have at least one shot. 10% of kids have their first shot just 10 days into our program being at all strength. 250 million doses donated and delivered to the world. we know there is more work to do. but these milestones represent critical progress and show we are on the right track in our fight against the virus. with that but he turned it over to dr. walensky.
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dr. walensky. can i be unmuted? she's muted. dr. walensky: got it. >> start from the top, please. dr. walensky: thank you. i would like to start by walking you through the data. the current seven day daily average of cases is about -- cases per day. the 70 averages about 5300 per day and the seven day average debts are about 1000 per day. i present to you the current state of the pandemic on a national scale week by week. this data afflicts the entire country across all states, age groups and people. and -- as the cdc, we look at
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data more regularly to understand important -- granular early to understand important trends separated by subgroups. we do this understand who they be at greater risk for covid-19, who may be at risk for publications and to assess waning vaccine effectiveness and what interventions we can do to protect those who are vulnerable. studies show that those who are unvaccinated continue to be more likely to be infected, more likely to be in the hospital and more likely to have severe publications from covid-19. in recent weeks we have also seen additional data that reinforced the important -- importance of boosters for these populations at higher risk of severe disease, particularly to ensure protection against severe illness and hospitalization. those who live in long-term care facilities and adults over the age of 65 were among the first eligible for vaccination and as
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vaccine coverage increased in these groups, we saw emergency department is its decline. after--visits klein. we had powerful evidence that demonstrated that vaccines are effective and provide protection against the severe obligations of covid-19, especially in those at risk because of their age or underlying conditions. since then we have been watching vaccine effectiveness in this population carefully. although the highest risk are those people who are unvaccinated, we are seeing an increase in emergency department -- emergencies among adults 65 and older are higher than for younger age groups. we have new data that looked at covid cases long-term care facilities from our national health care safety network. we compare rates of covid disease between those who are vaccinated with two doses in those who have received a booster dose, the rate of
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disease is markedly lower for those who received there booster shot. demonstrating our boosters are working. fda is currently evaluating data on the authorization of booster doses for all people over age 18. as we have done before, cdc will quickly review the safety and effectiveness data and make recommendations as soon as we hear from fda. we want to reinforce the importance of people who are eligible getting boosted now, especially those at high risk for severe disease. this time of year we typically see other respiratory viruses circulating like influenza. last week's influenza surveillance report noted an increase influenza to a that could mark the beginning of the influenza season. we have been anticipating the return of flu viruses the season. if you are wondering if you should get a flu vaccine, you should.
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it will protect you and your family against the flu. what is the best gift to give this year? consider the gift of health. it is priceless. as we head into the holiday and winter season, now is the time to think about protection for ourselves and our families. so many of us miss being -- missed being with friends and family last year. for those at higher risk of severe illness from covid-19 and who are eligible for a booster dose, go out now and get your extra booster dose to protect you. if you are not yet vaccinated, including children, teens and adults, you are now all eligible her vaccination, getting vaccinated this week will set you up to be fully protected in time for the holidays and by the end of the year. thank you, i will turn it over to dr. fauci. dr. fauci: thank you dr. walensky. what i would like to do in the next few minutes is underscore some of the scientific data on
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why vaccines protect, namely what is the real world effectiveness of the covid-19 vaccines. the reason i say that is that as more and more people get vaccinated, no vaccine is 100% effective, we are hearing reports of people vaccinated people getting infected. having some people question the effectiveness of vaccines. so let us look at that and see if we can clarify that situation. let us go to different places. let's take texas and look at a comparison of an unvaccinated people with vaccinated people. unvaccinated people were 13 times more likely to become infected than fully vaccinated and unvaccinated people were 20 times more likely to dive than -- die than fully vaccinated people and that is the state of texas. let's take a look now at the age
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range. people may think that if you are in a certain age range, you may not benefit from vaccines. look at the left-hand part of the slide, it is different age groups. the right-hand part of the slide in red shows you the fold higher death rate in the unvaccinated compared to the vaccinated within that given age group. next slide. take a look. the blue is those who were fully vaccinated, and the red are not fully vaccinated. we are comparing total admissions to the icu and total deaths. it is clear to see the difference between the density of the red versus the density of the blue. let us look at virginia.
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among over 5 million virginians who have been vaccinated, hospitalization rate is extra nearly low at 0.035% and those who have died is 0.0125%. this is not only the united states. let's look at new south wales in australia. unvaccinated individuals are more than 16 times more likely to end up in the icu or die during peak periods. any concern about the efficacy in the real world of vaccines, i hope we have put that to rest. what do we have? we have 62 million americans eligible for vaccines who are still not vaccinated. the data i show you do not lie. vaccines protect you, your family and your community. and importantly it is not too
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late as dr. wilensky has said. get vaccinated now and importantly, if you are already vaccinated six months or more ago and eligible for a boost, get a boost because as a matter of fact, the data that i just showed you for vaccinations in general holds true for boosters. because the israelis have shown that when you boost you diminish the likelihood of getting infected, adding sick or dying. and a recent paper from england, it is not only israel, shows that for those who got the pfizer vaccine months earlier in the efficacy against symptomatic infection decreased for 62.5% with a boost, to 94%. so vaccinations work and boosters optimize the vaccination. having said that, let us all
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enjoy the holidays. now over to you, dr. murthy. dr. murthy: thanks dr. fauci, it is good to be with everyone today. i want to speak about misinformation and our efforts to fight misinformation. a few months ago my office released an advisory on information which -- inaccurate or misleading information according to the best evidence of the time. this is an urgent public health threat. i've been inspired by people all over the country who have stepped up to confront misinformation. i've heard from doctors, nurses and pharmacists talking about schools, and health officials who are making this a priority. a couple weeks ago i joined hundreds of people who share the truth about the vaccine with their committee. we are continuing to meet people
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where they are today and we are also happy to welcome the singer and philanthropist to the white house where she will participate and -- these are a few of the many encouraging steps we've seen of the last two months. despite all of that, misinformation remains a threat. the new milestone of vaccines for kids ages five to 11, we are seeing a new age of misinformation hitting the inboxes of parents and a media feeds across the country. this is not just something that effect a small percentage. nearly 80% of american adults either believe or are unsure about covid-19. community leaders and other partners tell me they are continuing to hear people quoting and explain why they won't get vaccinated. i've heard some of these myths for my own family members who received sleeting videos through
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social media -- misleading videos through social media. i talk to them about why this is harmful. while it is clear that stopping this information is urgent, it is not always clear to people what they can do to help and that is why last week i released a community toolkit for addressing misinformation. this is meant for everyone, from health care professionals to teachers, anyone who is concerned about health this information in their community. we have two key goals for this. first is to help people learn about misinformation and the basics about what it is, how it is impacting us and why it is not ok to share. the second is to provide tools -- checklists, exercises. we have included kids on how to identify misinformation and how to talk with friends and family about this information.
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this might come in handy around the dinner table at thanksgiving. it is designed to give people the power to stop misinformation in your community. you can use -- view the advisory and toolkit on surgeongeneral. gov. our country still needs technology companies to stand up and stop the avalanche of misinformation on their platforms. we need individual action but we also need these companies to move faster and more effectively than they are currently moving. we need them to give us the power to protect people in our lives for misinformation. we can all make an impact on this issue. the bottom line is that health misinformation takes away our
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freedom to make informed decisions about our health based on fact and science. it is one more step to help americans recognize and stop misinformation and help people around them do the same thing. thanks for your time today. back to you, jeff. >> let's open it up for questions. >> first question for kristen welker at nbc. >> thank you for doing the call, i appreciate it. two questions. one, can you bring us up-to-date on any data you might have about breakthrough cases with kids, and number two, can you weigh in on or reflect upon the fact that you have some areas that are lifting max -- mask mandates and others reinforcing them, for
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example washington, d.c. lifted the mass committed indoors whereas you have other areas in the region that are set to reimpose them. what should we make of that and should there be a uniformity as it relates to masks. >> data on right through with kids. dr. walensky: thank you for those questions. we are actively following vaccine effectiveness in our adolescence age 12 and up where we have more data and we will the updating our data on vaccine effectiveness later this week. in the meantime, we are actively following data on our five to 11-year-olds. we need some time for them to get their first dose and second dose in order to follow breaker cases, what we are actively collecting those data. >> there is strong data that i think the cdc has cited about hospitalizations of kids that are vaccinated versus unvaccinated. any word on that data? >> certainly in terms about a
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lessons, yes. the protection from for adolescents is more than tenfold prevention of hospitalizations and deaths among our adolescence group and we expect that robust coverage for our younger group as well. >> the second russian was masking mandates. >> we currently still have over 85% of our counties in this country that are insubstantial or high risk -- transmission and the cdc guidance, first of all vaccinated, but it recommends that stations be in the moderate or low transmission for several weeks before lifting requirements. >>'s question. >> victoria. >> thank you so much. i have two.
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i talked to experts and looked at the data, i don't see a lot of evidence to support giving a booster for young people, mostly in the 18 to 39 and range -- age range because there is not a lot of evidence that it protects from severe disease or hospitalization. that group of people is already pretty well protected. can you talk about what evidence we might see if the fda does decide to authorize a third booster for everyone, and i'm also wondering if boozers do get authorized, are we moving to a -- our workplaces and businesses going to have to ask for proof of boosters? is that the direction we are moving if we decide the whole public needs boosters? >> dr. fauci, why don't you start with evidence around younger people and boosters. dr. fauci: i think we had better be careful to not make too sharp a distinction between protecting
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against infection that is symptomatic versus protection against hospitalization and death. obviously young individuals have a must less likelihood of progressing to severe disease than elderly individuals and adults. however, children do get infected and they do get mild and sometimes moderate illness. so i don't know of any other vaccine that we only worry about keeping people out of the hospital. i think it is to prevent people from getting symptomatic disease. and there are plenty of children, adolescents and otherwise, who clearly get infected, get symptomatic disease and some go on to long covid. there is a good reason to optimally protect younger
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individuals in addition to emphasizing the very strong importance of making sure that more vulnerable people, the elderly and those with underlying conditions, not only get their vaccination but also get there booster. >> dr. walensky, the second question was the definition of fully vaccinated. dr. walensky: so the definition of fully vaccinated is two doses of a maternal or pfizer vaccine and one dose of johnson & johnson. >> next question. >> miller. >> thanks. public health officials are saying that covid-19 is becoming endemic. what is the u.s. governments goal, the objective in controlling the pandemic? is it coming up away for the
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country to live with that going forward? and given what dr. fauci showed about the effectiveness of vaccines at preventing serious illness and death, how much longer will the public health protection measures, masking and the like, how long should those stay in place for when vaccines are now widely available for 90% of the population? >> dr. fauci? dr. fauci: when you look at any outbreak as i've signaled will times but i will repeat it, there is the pandemic phase, deceleration, control, elimination and eradication. we have only done eradication with smallpox. we have limited diseases with the vaccination might polio in the united states as it exists other places. we have eliminated measles of the united states, exist other places. we limited malaria years ago but
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it exists in other places. i don't think we have eliminated completely. we want control and the confusion is what level of control are you going to accept it. as far as we are concerned, we don't know what that number is. but we will know it when we get there. it is certainly far lower than 80,000 new infections per day, and far lower than 1000 deaths per day and tens of thousands of hospitalizations. even though there is a wide bracket under control, we want to get to the lowest possible that we can get, and rather than taking -- picking an arbitrary number, why don't we get as many people as we can get vaccinated vaccinated as quickly as possible, and as many people who are eligible for the booster getting boosted as possible. and when we get to that low level we will know it rather than picking out an arbitrary number. >> thanks.
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question. >> alex at reuters. >> alex? >> -- can you hear me? >> yes. >> thank you. if i wanted to ask the doses are going to the mrna vaccines, is that including pfizer brian tech and moderna or is it limiting? >> we want to make the ability to have a billion doses of mnr -- mrna vaccines produce. the first application is likely to be used to produce more
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covid-19 vaccines for the world and then we have disability for any future threat to produce mrna vaccines to counter that threat. the companies that you mentioned are companies that currently produce mrna vaccine. there are also other companies that are subcontractors of those companies, so we have a wide array of companies responding to the request for information. next question. >> less question, at abc news. >> thanks for taking my question. my first question is on j&j boosters, recommend for all adults, pfizer boosters for all adults are expected by friday to be authorized. will the fda consider madrona in its upcoming authorization, and my second question is on the
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impact of the recognitions of different states in the past week and why have the cdc and the fda not spoken out to if uniform guidance is that has happened? >> dr. walensky. dr. walensky: i will answer them altogether and say we are actively following the science and the data. we know that tens of millions of americans are eligible for boosters and we are encouraging everyone who is eligible and especially those who are most vulnerable, those over the age of 65 with underlying medical conditions, to get your booster right now. the fda is actively reviewing data. and we are in close touch with them. as soon as the fda reviews those data and authorizations, we at the cdc will act swiftly. we will review the epidemiologic data, the effectiveness data as well as the safety data and we will provide our recommendations as soon as we can.
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