The nation’s top epidemiologist, Dr. Anthony Fauci, not sure if Americans will need another COVID-19 booster in the future.
“The honest answer is we don’t know at this point, but we’re collecting data,” Fouci said at a White House briefing Monday. “We don’t have to raise it every six months or so but if we do, we’ll address it. We’ll look for the data, make it public, and fix it accordingly.
Many studies around the world have made it clear that boosters from COVID-19 “significantly increase protection,” Fouci said. He said the booster dose offers “an opportunity to ripen and strengthen” the immune response and lasts longer than the second dose, which deteriorates in effectiveness several months later.
Boosters are currently available in more than 80,000 locations nationwide and about 36% of Americans are already boosters, said Jeff Giant, the White House COVID-19 Response Coordinator.
There was an 8% increase in COVID-19 cases nationwide compared to last week and an average of 1,000 deaths per day. But CDC director Rochelle Valensky said the United States is “going to a different Thanksgiving than last year because we now have the tools” to fight the epidemic, which continues to be caused by non-vaccinated individuals.
Valensky and Fauci encouraged Americans to gather for the holidays as long as they are safe, which means adhering to all “preventive measures” including vaccination and wearing masks when applied. Taking a quick test before joining other households can be considered an added layer of protection, Walensky said. Read more about boosters here.
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The Department of Defense announced Monday that Pfizer has paid $ 1.4 billion for an additional 200 million doses of its COVID-19 vaccine, which will be distributed internationally.
Republican lawmakers moved Monday to make it easier for Kansas workers to obtain religious exemptions from the COVID-19 vaccine mandate, but their leaders disagreed on whether people who refuse to be shot should be given unemployment benefits.
Today’s numbers: According to statistics from Johns Hopkins University, the US recorded more than 47.8 million COVID-19 cases and more than 772,000 deaths. Global total: More than 258.3 million cases and 5.1 million deaths. According to the CDC, more than 196 million Americans – 59.2% of the population – are fully vaccinated.
📘 What we are reading: When New York City opened its schools in the fall, some families kept the children home without any online choice. Some parents say they are accused of negligence.
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20% of Los Angeles students have missed vaccine status deadlines
More than 20% of students in the Los Angeles Unified School District, the nation’s second-largest school district, have missed Sunday deadlines to report their vaccination status and are at risk of not attending individual classes.
As of Monday, 79% of students had complete, pending or partial vaccination records or were eligible for conditional admission or medical immunity, The district said on Twitter.
All eligible students are January. It is expected to fully vaccinate and upload their vaccination records or be unable to take individual classes before the spring semester begins on the 10th.
Students who are not vaccinated must enroll in a school outside of the Los Angeles Unified School District or be transferred to an independent study program called the City of Angels, which offers educational programs through weekly appointments or complete online learning. .
The Los Angeles Times reports that the City of Angels program is struggling with staff shortages and instability as a large number of students are enrolled during the epidemic.
– Celina Tebor,