President Joe Biden will announce Thursday that all civilian federal officials must be vaccinated against the coronavirus or regularly tested, socially distanced and disguised on most trips, he reported. New York Times i Wall Street Journal.
On Tuesday, he said he was thinking about transition for federal employees.
“It is currently being considered,” Biden told reporters. “But if you’re not vaccinated, you’re not nearly as smart as I thought you were.”
The forthcoming demands come just days after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended that fully vaccinated people wear masks indoors in high-transmission areas. Cases of COVID-19 continue to rise, and vaccination rates are falling.
New York, The Department of Veterans Affairs and the State of California have also announced plans to appoint COVID-19 vaccines for many of their employees or face testing. Following the guidelines from Tuesday, both states and several others recommended that everyone in the state, regardless of vaccination status, wear a mask in closed public places.
The changes to the guidelines come when deaths from COVID-19 in the United States again exceed 2,000 per week, an analysis of Johns Hopkins University data NOW TODAY has established. New cases also average more than 60,000 a day for the first time in more than three months.
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►For the third day in a row, Tokyo recorded a record number of new COVID-19 cases, because the Olympic Games were underway. 3,865 new cases were recorded on Thursday, up from 3,177 on Wednesday, twice as many a week ago.
►Dr. Peter Marks, director of the FDA’s Center for Biological Drug Assessment and Research, told USA USA TODAY that the agency hopes “it will be done long ago” by granting full approval for the COVID-19 vaccine by the January 2022 target date.
►Starting Thursday, Apple will ask customers to wear masks at COVID-19 hotspots or in areas that have local or state mandates, which makes up about half of U.S. stores.
► The mayor of Atlanta has determined that face masks must be worn in all enclosed public spaces, including private companies in Georgia’s largest city. Are masks needed in your area? See our state list.
► Hordes of people expected to land in Chicago’s Grant Park this week for the Lollapalooza Music Festival will have to show evidence that they have been vaccinated against COVID-19 or tested for the negative effects of the disease in the last three days.
►Google and Facebook are joining a growing list of companies that need vaccinations before they return to work, they announced on Wednesday. The implementation of these new policies depends on the local conditions of their campuses.
📈 Today’s issues: The United States had more than 34.6 million confirmed COVID-19 cases and 611,700 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University. In total, there are more than 195.8 million cases and 4.18 million deaths. More than 163.5 million Americans – 49.3% of the population – have been fully vaccinated, According to the CDC.
What we read: With fewer savings that could be recovered during the COVID-19 pandemic, black households borrowed more and were more likely to fall behind on mortgages than their white peers, according to a new analysis given TODAY exclusively. Read the whole story.
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The effect of the Pfizer vaccine decreases by 12% over six months, but the third injection increases protection
The effectiveness of the Pfizer vaccine is declining after six months, but experts say that still does not mean that additional injections are needed, according to data released by Pfizer and its partner BioNtech.
The study, posted on medrxiv.org on Wednesday, which has not yet been reviewed or published, found that the effectiveness of the vaccine in preventing symptomatic diseases dropped from about 96% to about 84% over six months, indicating that its effectiveness is declining by about 6% every two months. The efficacy of the severe disease vaccine remained at 97% for all six months.
Different data set Pfizer also found that antibody levels that can target the delta variant increase fivefold between the ages of 18 and 55 and receive a third dose of the vaccine, while for people 65 to 85, it can increase elevenfold. Antibody levels are much higher compared to the original coronavirus variant and the beta variant with the third dose.
Dr. Stephen Thomas, lead author of the study and director of the SUNY Upstate Institute for Global Health and Translational Sciences in New York, told NBC News that he expected vaccine protection to disappear, but did not know how quickly and strongly it would do so.
“Although we have seen that there has been a reduction in protection after six months, there has been maintenance of protection against those difficult outcomes that really make the public health burden of disease,” Thomas said.
Disney World announces that guests must disguise themselves indoors, during transportation from July 30th
Heading to Walt Disney World soon? Pack a mask – you’ll have to wear it at all Disney parks from Friday.
The company announced on Wednesday night that guests over the age of 2 will have to pull up blankets for all indoor attractions and on Disney transportation. Face masks will remain optional outdoors.
The park terminated its mandate for closed masks on June 15. Although no proof of vaccination is required, masks are recommended for those who have not been vaccinated. They will now be mandatory for everyone except outside.
“Face covers are required for all guests (over 2 years old), while indoors and on Disney buses, monorails and Disney Skyliners, regardless of vaccination status,” the Disney website’s update said Wednesday. . “That includes entering and through all the attractions.”
– Britt Kennerly, Florida today
Netflix will implement the vaccine mandate in all of its U.S. products, according to a report from Deadline.
They are the first major Hollywood studio to need vaccination for production. The mandate applies to all cast members and crew members who come into contact with the actors, also referred to as “Zone A,” the report said.
In the production of “Gaslit”, a limited series produced by Starz / UCP, lead actor Sean Penn refused to return to work on the series until everyone involved was vaccinated, The deadline is July 22.
Netflix wants to limit the exceptions to medical, religious and age reasons, Deadline said.
Contribution: Associated Press.