New research by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released on Friday shows that an unvaccinated person is 11 times more likely to die from COVID-19 than a vaccinated person.
Even among the delta variant, one study found that an unvaccinated person was 4.5 times more likely to be infected, 10 times more likely to be hospitalized, and 11 times more likely to die. The study was conducted in 13 states and included data on more than 600,000 cases of COVID since April.
CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said on Friday that more than 90% of hospitalized patients with COVID-19 are currently unvaccinated, and that 10 times more unvaccinated people are in the hospital than COVID-19 than vaccinated people.
Two other published studies show further evidence that the efficacy of the vaccine declines over time, especially in the elderly. The data supports expert recommendations made by most Americans receive stimulant injections for mRNA vaccines, which is expected to become available by September 20 for many who have been fully vaccinated at least eight months earlier.
“We have the scientific tools we need to reverse this pandemic. Vaccination works and will protect us from the severe complications of COVID-19,” Walensky said.
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► Some expectant mothers are refused in an attempt at a vaccine against COVID-19 in Mississippi and pregnant women now make up 30% of intensive care patients at the largest state hospital, doctors said on Friday. Since the onset of the pandemic in the state, there have been 72 fetal deaths associated with pregnant women who had COVID-19.
► Anti-mask protesters returned Friday to protest at a high school in Vancouver, Washington, despite a court injunction. Skyview High was one of three district schools locked earlier this month when protesters tried to access the school yard.
► Data show that immunity holds most recipients of the vaccine, even against the delta variant, said Oxford University professor Sarah Gilbert, the leading scientist behind the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine. Amplifiers may not be needed other than the elderly and immunocompromised individuals, she said. The vaccine is not approved for use in the United States
► Public Health Officers in New Jersey i Kentucky they say that a variant of the coronavirus has been discovered in their countries. However, dr. Anthony Fauci says the prevalence of the variant is still “extremely low” in the US
► The school board in Paris, Arkansas, voted in favor give teachers and students monetary incentives to get vaccines against COVID-19. Employees will receive bonuses of $ 1,500 if they are vaccinated by November 1, and students are entitled to a $ 50 gift card.
📈Today’s issues: The United States recorded more than 40.8 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 and more than 658,900 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University. Globally: More than 223.7 million cases and 4.6 million deaths. More than 177.8 million Americans – 53.6% of the population – have been fully vaccinated, According to the CDC.
📘 What we read: President Joe Biden’s order for employers on the vaccine raises burning questions about the federal government’s ability to order a response to the public health crisis, experts say. Read the whole story.
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Biden’s new vaccine rules pose legal challenges
Extensive vaccine mandates announced by President Joe Biden this week have many Republican lawmakers are threatening lawsuits in response.
The White House announced that all are employers with at least 100 employees it will be necessary to establish vaccine mandatesor require weekly employee testing. In addition, all federal employees will need to be fully vaccinated.
The move cites lawmakers in the state who accuse the federal government of exceeding the territory with state rights. Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy called the rules “poorly conceived, divided and un-American,” while Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said they were “an attack on private businesses.”
White House coronavirus director Jeff Zients warned in the workplace that security penalties could be high if they refuse to abide by them. Biden’s response to threats of lawsuits? “Do that.”
Why the FDA needs time to evaluate vaccines for children
On Friday, USA TODAY talked to dr. Peter Marks of the Food and Drug Administration about what the agency needs from vaccine manufacturers to approve vaccines for children and why the process takes time.
We asked him: When can we expect COVID-19 vaccines for children aged 5 to 11?
Marx said Pfizer officials had publicly said they intended to submit the data to the FDA before the end of September.
Why are COVID-19 vaccines not yet available for children under 12?
“It’s pretty simple. You have to have data that shows that they are safe and that they have evidence that they will be effective in that population,” Marx said.
“I’m an adult internist and hematologist / oncologist by education, but I occasionally had to take care of pediatric transplant patients. If one thing stuck pediatricians in my head, it’s that children are not small adults.”
Read more from the questions and answers here:Why the FDA needs time to evaluate children’s vaccines against COVID-19.
– Elizabeth Weise, USA TODAY
The ban on the mandate of the Florida governor’s mask is in force again
An the appellate court on Friday returned the ban of the governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis on school mask requests at least temporarily, while judges review the decision revoking the ban.
Tallahassee-based District Judge John Cooper, who earlier rejected the mask restriction, took an unusual step this week by removing an automatic residence that retained the ban, while DeSantis challenged the basic verdict before the First District Court of Appeals.
DeSantis immediately appealed Cooper’s decision and the court agreed with the governor on Friday. Judges also questioned Cooper’s decision to lift the disguise ban.
“After reviewing the final judgment of the first instance court and the operational submissions, we have serious doubts regarding the status, jurisdiction and other issues related to the threshold,” the court wrote, although it failed in further actions.
-John Kennedy, Capital Bureau, USA TODAY Network-Florida
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