One day after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention endorsed COVID-19 vaccine booster pictures for thousands and thousands of older and high-risk Americans, President Joe Biden praised the transfer as a “key step” in the battle towards the coronavirus pandemic.
“We have the tools to beat COVID-19 if we come together as a country and use the tools we have,” Biden mentioned Friday.
The president’s feedback got here hours after CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky accepted a collection of suggestions from a key panel of advisers to make booster pictures for the Pfizer vaccine out there for individuals 65 and older, nursing dwelling residents and a few adults who’ve underlying well being issues.
But she additionally overruled the panel on endorsing a 3rd shot for at-risk employees together with lecturers and healthcare employees, ignoring her personal advisers however bringing the CDC coverage in line with the Food and Drug Administration’s advice earlier this week.
Biden mentioned regardless of the nation’s profitable vaccination program it’s nonetheless a pandemic of the unvaccinated.
The CDC’s endorsement is taken into account a boon for Biden’s marketing campaign to supply booster pictures for many Americans – a plan some well being officers criticized as untimely.
The different two out there vaccines – Moderna and Johnson & Johnson – haven’t acquired federal authorization for a 3rd shot, and the CDC advisory panel didn’t vote Thursday on the problem of blending boosters – for instance, if an individual who initially acquired the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccine may obtain a Pfizer booster shot.
The president mentioned he plans to get his booster shot “as soon as I can get it done.”
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►National Guard groups can be deployed Friday to Deaconess Midtown and Deaconess Gateway hospitals in Indiana for per week to help medical employees responding to COVID-19.
►A judge denied an injunction on Thursday that would force a Delaware hospital to make use of ivermectin, an anti-parasite drug, to deal with a affected person with COVID-19.
►With greater than per week of reporting to go, September is already this 12 months’s third-deadliest month for COVID-19 and the sixth-deadliest month for the complete pandemic, a USA TODAY evaluation of Johns Hopkins University information reveals.
►India has reported already reported twice as many deaths in 2021 because it did in all of final 12 months, Johns Hopkins University information reveals. The official numbers might characterize only a faint wisp of actuality: The official demise toll stands at about 450,000, however three totally different estimate approaches launched earlier this 12 months counsel the toll was quick by about 4 million.
📈Today’s numbers: The U.S. has recorded greater than 42 million confirmed COVID-19 instances and greater than 684,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University data. Global totals: More than 230 million instances and 4.7 million deaths. More than 182 million Americans — 55% of the inhabitants — have been absolutely vaccinated, according to the CDC.
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Natalia D’Angelo, 43, obtained sick proper after faculty began in August. She died of COVID-19 earlier than the top of the month.
D’Angelo is amongst at the least 12 faculty bus employees in Georgia who’ve died of COVID-19 for the reason that starting of the college 12 months. In all, school bus drivers in at least 10 states have died of the disease since August, in accordance with information experiences and a Twitter feed referred to as “School Personnel Lost to Covid.”
The deaths increase questions on whether or not faculty bus drivers are at larger danger of getting COVID-19 — a fear that is contributing to a nationwide scarcity of the drivers. Medical specialists are break up. It’s tough, if not inconceivable when native an infection charges are excessive, to find out how any specific bus employee turned contaminated — whether or not it occurred at dwelling, in a neighborhood setting or on the job. Read more here.
– Andy Miller and Phil Galewitz, Kaiser Health News
So far this week, greater than 1,100 individuals underneath the age of 18 in Wisconsin have examined optimistic for COVID-19. That is more than any other age group, in accordance with state Department of Health Services information.
Last week, 4,686 individuals underneath the age of 18 examined optimistic — greater than double another age group. In reality, for the reason that week of Aug. 8, kids have been identified with extra instances than each different group every week.
Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin continues to see a rise in the quantity of children in the hospital who check optimistic for COVID-19, however most are asymptomatic except they’ve underlying well being circumstances.
Since the start of the pandemic, Wisconsin has recorded three deaths in individuals age 19 and youthful.
– Drake Bentley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Alachua County schools in north-central Florida are the primary in the nation to obtain federal cash after state officers punished the district for defying them by requiring masks at faculties.
The county, dwelling to Gainesville and the University of Florida, acquired $148,000 underneath the brand new Project to Support America’s Families (Project SAFE), created earlier this month to assist districts that had been being penalized by the state’s Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis, one of many governors most against pandemic-related mandates, for instituting COVID-19 protocols.
On Aug. 26, the Florida Department of Education had began to withhold cash equal to 4 of the Alachua faculty board members’ pay, after they voted unanimously for a masks coverage.
In all, the Department of Education has $3.2 million to present to such faculty districts. Beyond providing districts monetary cowl, federal officers have little recourse if states ban faculties from requiring masks. The Biden administration can be investigating states with such bans, saying they’re violating the civil rights of kids with disabilities and underlying well being circumstances.
– Gershon Harrell, The Gainesville Sun