(CNN) — At the current rate of vaccinations, it will take until mid-February to administer at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine to all eligible Americans, according to a CNN analysis of data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (CDC).
More than 90 million eligible people in the US are not yet vaccinated. And while the seven-day average of people starting vaccination each day is the highest since July 4 at 446,300, many experts say the U.S. is still not where it needs to be to get the pandemic and delta under control. it spreads rapidly.
With less than half the population fully vaccinated, cases have increased again and caused serious illness.
On Tuesday, for the first time since February, more than 50,000 hospital beds across the country were occupied by COVID-19 patients, according to new data from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. what it was a month ago.
“We are not playing the lying shepherd boy. This wave that we are going through right now has all the potential to be, and already appears to be, the worst wave we have faced so far,” said the former director general of US Health, Dr. Jerome Adams, during a live online interview with The Washington Post on Tuesday.
The director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Dr. Anthony Fauci, said Tuesday that he would like the United States to have more than one million covid-19 vaccines per day to close the vaccination gap.
“We may get there when the vaccination orders come in, but it can’t be 250,000, 500,000 a day. Otherwise, it’s going to be well into the winter. I want to get there earlier,” Fauci said.
With the spread of the delta variant, the spread of the coronavirus may not be stopped completely, National Institutes of Health director Dr. Francis Collins said Tuesday.
“But we could still get to a place where this becomes a nuisance rather than a threat to his life,” he said.
Experts are considering boosters of covid-19 vaccines for immunosuppressed people, says Fauci
Although experts have said that the data so far does not indicate a need for the general population to receive boosters from covid-19 vaccines, Fauci said an effort is underway to administer them to immunosuppressed people.
Some conditions, including autoimmune diseases, transplants, and cancer treated with chemotherapy, compromise people’s immune systems.
“What we know about these people is that they almost invariably do not have an adequate response, so the need to give them an additional dose is much more emerging than the general population,” Fauci said during a virtual event organized by the governor of Virginia. , Ralph Northam, Tuesday.
CDC vaccine advisers have met to discuss whether immunosuppressed people may need additional protection from a covid-19 vaccine booster, but have yet to come up with a formal recommendation or vote on guidance.
“We are making a great effort to get the regulatory mechanism in place very soon to give those individuals a boost that could raise their immunity to the level it should be at, if possible,” Fauci said.
During a discussion hosted by the Center for Strategic and International Studies on Tuesday, Fauci said that it is “very likely” that covid-19 variants have evolved in the bodies of those who are immunosuppressed.
People with immunosuppression may not be able to fight COVID-19 infections for weeks or even months, which means that the virus has a long time to evolve and change.
“We all know that variants have arisen due to the pressure that the human immune system has put on the virus, most likely from immunosuppressed people … and who had the virus for days and days before shedding it and / or died, and then essentially led to the appearance of a variant, “Fauci said.
‘Substantial’ increase in covid-19 cases among children and adolescents
With the new school year raising concerns about the protection of children, the American Academy of Pediatrics said Tuesday that there has been a “substantial” increase in cases among children.
Nearly 72,000 children and teens contracted COVID-19 last week, five times more than at the end of June, the academy said.
The definition of a child varies by state, but generally includes those up to 17 or 18 years old.
Covid-19 protocols vary across the country, but when children return to school, districts will need to know how to respond quickly to outbreaks.
Districts must be prepared to implement contact tracing, testing, quarantining people who were exposed to the virus and isolating people with infections, Dr. William Schaffner, a professor at the School of Medicine, told CNN. from Vanderbilt University and medical director of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases.
While most schools follow these steps to isolate COVID-19 cases, trace contacts and conduct testing, response plans can vary from state to state and school district to school district, Principal Kim Anderson told CNN. Executive of the National Association of Education.
“From what we understand, it depends on the district you are in. The district should have well thought out outbreak plans that have included the voices of educators, parents and community members in developing those plans. , and there should be plans that follow the CDC’s recommendations, “Anderson said.
“Our recommendation to all students and school districts is to follow the medical experts and follow the CDC,” he said.
Deidre McPhillips, Matthew Hilk, Jacqueline Howard, Virginia Langmaid, Lauren Mascarenhas y Jen Christensen de CNN contribuyeron a este informe.
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