Dr. Fauci: Unvaccinated Account for 99.2 Percent of June COVID Deaths

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More than 99% of recent COVID deaths in US involve unvaccinated people, a 'sad and tragic' situation, Fauci says: Today's live updates

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About 99.2% of recent COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. involved unvaccinated people, a "tragic" situation, Dr. Anthony Fauci said Sunday. Latest news.

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About 99.2% of recent COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. involved unvaccinated people, a "tragic" situation that could easily be remedied, Dr. Anthony Fauci said Sunday.

 The top infectious disease expert said on NBC’s “Meet the Press”  that he was frustrated at a situation in which "you have a formidable enemy” – and “yet we do have a countermeasure that’s highly, highly effective. And that’s the reason why it’s all the more sad and all the more tragic why it isn’t being completely implemented in this country.”

Fauci cited several reasons for opposition to the vaccine by some Americans: “ideological” or some people “are just fundamentally anti-vax or anti-science.”

The U.S. is “very fortunate” that it has “enough vaccines to vaccinate essentially everybody in the country," Fauci said. "And there are people throughout the world who would do anything to get vaccines.”

►The Navajo Nation on Saturday reported five additional COVID-19 cases and two more deaths. A statement released by tribal officials said the additional deaths increased the tribe’s pandemic death toll to 1,356.

►A bipartisan proposal in the U.S. House would ban the farming of mink fur in the United States in an effort to stem possible mutations of the coronavirus, something researchers have said can be accelerated when the virus spreads among animals.

►About 13,000 runners took to the streets of Atlanta on Saturday to welcome the return of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Peachtree Road Race, a Fourth of July holiday tradition.

►The Mayo Clinic fired a doctor who published a book about his experiences treating patients through the darkest days of the COVID-19 pandemic in Wisconsin.

►A New Orleans book festival debut that was canceled by the COVID-19 pandemic has been rescheduled for October. Most of the authors scheduled for March 2020 will be there, the co-chair of the New Orleans Book Festival at Tulane University told The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate.

📈Today's numbers: The U.S. has more than 33.7 million confirmed COVID-19 cases and at least 605,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University data. The global totals: More than 183.5 million cases and more than 3.9 million deaths. More than 156.2 million Americans have been fully vaccinated – 47.1% of the population, according to the CDC.

📘What we're reading: At the start of the pandemic, kids made up 2% of new COVID infections. Now, they make up 24%. What happened?

The Canadian and U.S. governments aren’t expected to reevaluate the nations' border closure until July 21, but people nearby are hoping for a speedy reopening.

In pre-COVID times, pleasure boats would pack Lake Champlain off the Burlington waterfront by July 4, most from Canada. But the anchorage is nearly empty this year because of the ongoing border closure.

People who rely on those boaters directly and indirectly hope Canadians are back soon enough to avoid losing a second summer to the pandemic.

“We can’t wait to welcome our visitors from Canada so that they can really embrace our new location in Burlington because I know that they are going to like it as much as we do,” said Elizabeth White, the director of development for Dream Yacht Charter. The company, which rents live-aboard sailing vessels to tourists across the world, moved its Lake Champlain operations to Burlington from upstate New York in 2020.

But it’s unclear when the border – an easy sail about 40 miles north to where Quebec’s Richelieu River drains the lake north into Canada – will fully reopen.

The U.S. and Canadian governments closed the more than 5,500-mile border to nonessential traffic when the pandemic tool hold. Now with increasing vaccination rates and dropping infection rates, many are annoyed the two governments haven’t laid out detailed plans to fully reopen the border.

Canada is easing some restrictions. Starting Monday, fully vaccinated Canadians or permanent legal residents may return to Canada without quarantining. But among the requirements are a negative test for the virus before returning, and another once they get back.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is investigating the case of a 13-year-old Saginaw County, Michgan, boy who died in his sleep three days after getting his second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine in mid-June. 

The county health department confirmed the investigation, telling the Free Press that the medical examiner's office conducted an autopsy and the death was reported to the state health department as well as the CDC.

"The investigation as to whether there is a correlation between his death and vaccination is now at the federal level with CDC," said a joint statement issued by Saginaw County Health Department Medical Director Dr. Delicia Pruitt and Health Officer Christina Harrington.

A San Francisco Bay Area zoo is inoculating its big cats, bears and ferrets against the coronavirus as part of a national effort to protect animal species using an experimental vaccine.

Tigers Ginger and Molly were the first two animals at the Oakland Zoo to get the vaccine this week, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Saturday. The doses were donated and developed by veterinary pharmaceutical company Zoetis in New Jersey.

Alex Herman, vice president of veterinary services at the zoo, said none of the animals have gotten the virus, but they wanted to be proactive. Tigers, black and grizzly bears, mountain lions and ferrets were the first to receive the first of two doses. Next are primates and pigs.

She said the zoo has used barriers for social distancing and staff have worn protective gear to protect susceptible species. 

Zoetis is donating more than 11,000 doses for animals living in nearly 70 zoos, as well as more than a dozen conservatories, sanctuaries, academic institutions and government organizations located in 27 states, according to the press release.

Six people from a task force working at the scene of a Miami-area condo building collapse have tested positive for COVID-19, Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Chief Alan Cominsky said. 

That task force has since left the site. On-site teams did contact tracing and tested 424 Florida task force members. "We'll continue to monitor as well," Cominsky said.

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson's administration floated the idea of a statewide COVID-19 vaccination incentive program and the possibility of a “substantial grand prize” during a meeting of health officials, a newspaper reported.

The Kansas City Star said it obtained notes from a June 25 Zoom meeting of the Missouri Center for Public Health Excellence during which a senior state Department of Health and Senior Services official shared the potential program.

The notes from the meeting compiled by the center's secretary said of a potential program: “Will likely start in July. Working with MO state lottery. 3 separate drawing structures.”

Consideration of incentives comes as the fast-spreading delta variant ravages rural Missouri. The state has one of the nation’s highest rates of COVID-19 transmission and, according to the CDC, led the nation last week in the proportion of delta variant cases.

Less than 40% of Missouri's population has been fully vaccinated and the figure is less than 20% in some rural counties.

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Fauci: 99% of Covid Deaths in U.S. Now From Unvaccinated People | Hamodia.com

http://hamodia.com 06 July, 2021 - 09:12am

Infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Facui told the press that approximately 99.2% of deaths from the coronavirus occurring in America are people who were unvaccinated.

“It’s really sad and tragic that most all of these are avoidable and preventable,” he said, according to Fox News 5.

The coronavirus is a “formidable enemy,” he added, but one we do have “a countermeasure that’s highly, highly effective. And that’s the reason why it’s all the more sad and all the more tragic why it isn’t being completely implemented in this country.”

Fauci said much coronavirus resistance stems from misguided fears and the efforts of the anti-vaccine movement of sowing uncertainty. He pleaded with the public to “put aside all of those differences and realize that the common enemy is the virus.”

The United States has the highest death rate in the world, but since the FDA approved the Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines, the country’s robust vaccination efforts have slashed cases, hospitalizations, and deaths. As of July 4, 67% of American adults have received at least one vaccine and 47% have been fully vaccinated.

However, there are still lags in certain states, especially southern ones, raising fears the highly-infectious Delta variant could spread there and cause pockets of localized outbreaks and deaths. In Arkansas, where only 34% of the population is vaccinated, cases and deaths are on the rise.

“Any suffering or death from COVID-19 is tragic. With vaccines available across the country, the suffering and loss we are now seeing is nearly entirely avoidable,” Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said.

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Fauci urges Mississippians to wear masks because of state's low vaccination rate

WAPT Jackson 05 July, 2021 - 02:04pm

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Dr. Anthony Fauci says Mississippians who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 might want to keep wearing a mask.

People in Jackson are still under a mask mandate. The mayor hasn’t yet lifted that requirement.

"I think that would be a good reason to do that," Fauci said over the weekend.

He went on to say that although the vaccine are highly effective, "nothing is 100%" effective.

"If you put yourself in an environment in which you have a high level of viral dynamics, and a very low level of vaccine, you might want to go the extra step," Fauci said.

Not surprisingly Dr. Fauci‘s comments are dividing people.

"I mean, what’s the purpose of the vaccination if it’s not going to work?," said Ty Carter, who opposes masks.

Afferteen Taylor said she's fully vaccinated, but still wears a mask.

"Because other people are not, and I don't want to pick up something and bring it home to my family," Taylor said.

According to state health officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs, the danger is increasing for people who haven’t been vaccinated. Dobbs said in a tweet Monday that Mississippi hospitals are seeing a bump in the number of patients diagnosed with the coronavirus Delta variant.

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Fauci says ‘go extra mile’ and wear a mask in low vaccination areas

The Independent 04 July, 2021 - 02:37pm

Dr Anthony Fauci has encouraged vaccinated Americans to “go the extra mile” by wearing a mask in areas with low vaccination rates, as the Covid-19 hospitalisation and death rates climb among people refusing the jab.

The encouragement came on NBC’s Meet the Press Sunday after host Chuck Todd mentioned that Mississippi has the lowest vaccination rate for the entire country. Mr Todd wanted to know if the vaccination rate should encourage vaccinated Americans to still wear a mask in those areas.

“I think there would be a good reason to do that because as we’ve said so often that vaccines are not, even as good as they are and highly effective, nothing is 100 per cent,” Dr Fauci, Joe Biden’s chief medical advisor on Covid-19, said.

“And if you put yourself in an environment in which you have a high level of viral dynamics and a very low level of vaccine you might want to go the extra step and say, ‘When I’m in that area where there’s a considerable degree of viral circulation, I might want to go the extra mile, to be cautious enough to make sure that I get the extra added level of protection even though the vaccines themselves are highly effective.”

It was noted that nearly 10,000 deaths from Covid-19 happened in June, and Dr Fauci said a majority of those deaths were likely “avoidable and preventable” had people received one of the available vaccines.

“If you look at the number of deaths, about 99.2 per cent of them are unvaccinated about 0.8 per cent are vaccinated,” Dr Fauci said.

“No vaccine is perfect, but when you talk about the avoidability of hospitalization and deaths, Chuck, it’s really sad and tragic that most all of these are avoidable and preventable,” he added.

Health officials have raised alarms as the highly infectious delta variant becomes more prevalent in the United States.

In May, the World Health Organization declared it the “variant of concern” given how quickly it’s spread around the globe, causing an increase to hospitalisation rates and death tolls.

The available vaccines were still effective against the variant, but Dr Fauci said they were not foolproof in preventing infection.

“Obviously, there’s gonna be some people because of the variability among people and their response to vaccine, that you’ll see some who are vaccinated and still get into trouble and get hospitalised and die, but the overwhelming proportion of people who get into trouble are the unvaccinated which is the reason why we say this is really entirely avoidable and preventable,” he said.

President Joe Biden set the goal for 70 per cent of American adults to receive at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine by 4 July. But the American public fell short of that goal with about 67 per cent of those 18 years and older having received at least one dose of a vaccine.

At least 18 states reached Mr Biden’s goal, but other states, specifically one’s in the conservative South and Midwest, have struggled to convince residents to receive a vaccine.

In Mississippi, for example, just 30 per cent of residents were fully vaccinated against the novel virus. Several other Southern states also had less than 40 per cent of their population fully vaccinated.

Dr Fauci implored for the public to cast aside ideology and political differences for the sake of protecting everyone against Covid-19.

“We’re dealing with a historic situation with this pandemic, and we do have the tools to counter it, so for goodness’ sake, put aside all those differences and realize the common enemy is the virus,” he said.

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