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On the health front, the White House is making another concerted effort today to encourage people to get the updated COVID-19 booster before the end of this year as vaccination rates stagnate.
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White House wants to improve backward VAX figures
The White House launched a six-week sprint on Tuesday to convince Americans to get their updated COVID-19 vaccine before the end of the year.
The government said the campaign will focus on seniors and vulnerable communities, which are most affected by the virus.
“For your own safety and that of your family, please get your updated COVID-19 vaccination as soon as you are eligible to protect yourself, your family, and your community,” White House medical advisor Anthony Fauci said Tuesday.
Public health officials have repeatedly warned that the US is likely to face another wave of COVID-19 infections as the weather gets colder and people travel and gather over the holidays. White House officials had previously urged the public to get refresher photos in time for Halloween.
- The government has purchased 171 million doses of the updated vaccine. But until well into November, uptake of the new booster shots was extremely low, frustrating health professionals and officials.
- The government announced that it would
invest its limited remaining resources in a $475 million campaign for community health centers and community organizations to speed up the pace of vaccinations.
According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 35 million people in the US have received the updated vaccinations, about 11 percent of people aged five and over.
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Fauci performs in the meeting room for the last time
Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease doctor, made his last appearance in the White House meeting room on Tuesday as he prepared to leave the government.
- “I let other people judge whether or not my achievements are valuable, but I want people to remember what I’ve done is that I’ve given everything I have every day, for all these years, and that I’ve never left anything in the field,” Fauci said of his legacy.
- “So if they want to remember me whether they’re judging right or wrong about what I’ve done, I’ve given everything for many decades,” said Fauci.
The longtime health official worked under seven presidents and spent 54 years for the National Institutes of Health and 38 years as director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease. But as one of the leading players in the pandemic response during the Trump administration, he became increasingly popular.
Throughout the pandemic, his guidelines on masks and vaccines have been criticized and attacked by conservative lawmakers and officials.
- Fauci lamented the rhetoric that made vaccines and scientific recommendations political.
- “As a doctor, it hurts me because I don’t want anyone to get infected. I don’t want to see anyone hospitalized and I don’t want anyone dying from COVID,” Fauci said. “Whether you’re a far-right Republican or a far-left Democrat makes no difference to me.”
A small part of a long career: Fauci said COVID-19 was “really, really important,” but described the pandemic as “a fragment” of his work in healthcare.
Not retiring: Fauci announced earlier this year that he would resign from office by the end of President Biden’s term, but quickly made it clear that he was only withdrawing from his government role to “pursue the next chapter of his career.”
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DC STUDENTS, EMPLOYEES MUST TEST NEGATIVE TO RETURN AFTER VACATION
Students and staff returning to Washington, D.C. public schools after Thanksgiving break must show a negative COVID-19 test before they can go back to class, city officials said.
Schools are handing out test kits in the days leading up to the holidays, and families can pick up additional tests at any of the district’s COVID centers, which are located in each of the city’s eight districts.
The requirement, which DC schools have also used to make it easier to return to face-to-face classes after other seasonal breaks, is in practice to support “a safe return” after the holidays this Thanksgiving, according to the mayor’s office.
- The tests must be taken on Sunday, November 27, and the results must be uploaded to the D.C. Public Schools online portal the same day for the student to be released for classes on Monday.
- Students and employees who have tested positive regardless of vaccination status may only return to face-to-face school activities after completing an isolation period, which is usually 5 days, unless symptoms persist, in accordance with D.C. Health guidelines.
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ONE IN FOUR IS WORRIED ABOUT CATCHING COVID WHILE WORKING: GALLUP
The new survey, released Tuesday, found that 26 percent of employed adults surveyed said they were “very” or “moderately” concerned about COVID-19 exposure at their workplace. This represents a decline of 7 percentage points compared to the 33 percent of respondents who said so in a similar survey from July.
- In the new survey, thirty-three percent of female respondents said they were worried about getting COVID-19 at their workplace, while 21 percent of male respondents said this was the case.
- Democrats surveyed were more likely to express concern than respondents of other political affiliations. 38 percent of respondents who identified themselves as Democrats said they were concerned about COVID-19 exposure in their workplace, compared with 26 percent of Independents and 9 percent of Republicans.
- Smaller disparities were found between age groups. 29 percent of respondents aged 18 to 34 said they were worried about getting COVID-19 in their workplace, while 26 percent of respondents aged 35 to 55 and 22 percent of respondents aged 55 or older expressed the same concern.
The survey comes as COVID-19 cases in the US have declined since the summer surge, although many have raised concerns about a possible increase in cases over the winter.
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Omicron boosters are better at preventing infections: CDC
New data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that the updated, bivalent COVID-19 boosters offered better protection against infections compared to multiple doses of the original mRNA COVID-19 vaccines.
- The study, which was conducted between September and November, analyzed more than 360,000 virus tests for adults. The tests were carried out at almost 10,000 pharmacies and included only adults who had symptoms of SARS-CoV-2 and did not have any immunocompromised illnesses.
- The results of the CDC study showed that the Pfizer and Moderna bivalent booster shots, made specifically to protect against omicron subvariants BA.4 and BA.5, offered greater protection when the patients who received them compared with people who received only two, three, or four doses of the original monoclonal vaccine.
- Of the people in the study who tested positive for COVID-19,
72 percent had received two, three, or four doses of the monoclonal vaccine, and 5 percent said they had received the bivalent booster.
The bivalent booster doses were approved in humans without data, and the results of the study represent some of the first reports of vaccination effectiveness.
Most tests were carried out at a time when subvariants BA.4 and BA.5 dominated in the USA. The latest federal data now show that BA.5 is responsible for about a quarter of the cases, with viral offspring BQ.1 and BQ.1.1 each accounting for about the same proportion of the total infections.
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WHAT WE READ
- A simple screening question could help millions of women prevent cardiovascular disease. Why aren’t we using it? (State)
- Experts worry Thanksgiving meetings could accelerate a “tripledemic” (NPR)
- Experts warn that more fungal infections are increasing as their geographical range expands (NBC News)
STATE BY STATE
- Schools, sheriffs, and syringes: Government plans to spend $26 billion on opioid billing funds vary (Kaiser Health News)
- Indy doctor received “threats” after Fox News interview with Rokita; lawyers save cervical cancer rates in court (The Indianapolis Star) in
- Alabama, the diagnosis remains among the highest in the USA (Al.com)
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