Covid Delta Surge: ‘There’s Going To Be A Lot Of Death’

Covid Delta Surge: ‘There’s Going To Be A Lot Of Death’

“THE 11th HOUR” WITH BRIAN WILLIAMS STARTS RIGHT NOW. >>> GOOD EVENING ONCE AGAIN, I’LL ALI VELSHI IN FOR BRIAN WILLIAMS. DAY 199 OF THE BIDEN ADMINISTRATION. AS THE DELTA VARIANT RACES THROUGH ALL 50 STATES DRIVING NEW CASE NUMBERS UPWARD, THE PRESIDENT IS SIGNALING A POSSIBLE SHIFT TO MUCH MORE AGGRESSIVE CAMPAIGN TO STOP THE SURGE. >> I PUT IN PLACE NEW INCENTIVES AND REQUIREMENTS TO ENCOURAGE VACCINATIONS. MORE TO COME IN DAYS AHEAD. AMERICA CAN BEAT THE DELTA VARIANT. JUST AS WE BEAT THE ORIGINAL COVID-19. >> FLORIDA IS NOW UNDISPUTED EPICENTER OF THE LATEST OUTBREAK. NEARLY 23,000 NEW CASES RECORDED IN STATE, HIGHEST SINGLE DAY CASE COUNT SINCE PANDEMIC BEGAN LAST YEAR. FROM FAUCI SAYS IT COUNTS FOR SIGNIFICANT NEW CASES ACROSS THE COUNTRY. >> FLORIDA ITSELF IS 20% OF THE INFECTIONS. THAT’S NOT ACCEPTABLE. WE SHOULDN’T BE LOOKING AT THAT RIGHT NOW GIVEN THE FACT THAT WE HAVE HIGHLY EFFECTIVE VACCINES THAT ARE SAFE. >> FLORIDA’S REPUBLICAN GOVERNOR WAS ASKED ABOUT THE CASE SURGE IN HIS STATE. >> YOU HAVE SOME POLITICIANS THAT SAY I’M GOING TO ELIMINATE THE VIRUS, I WILL DEFEAT IT. UNFORTUNATELY, GOVERNMENT CAN’T JUST END IT. WE KNEW THIS IS SOMETHING YOU’RE GOING TO HAVE TO LIVE WITH. >> SOMETHING YOU’RE GOING TO HAVE TO LIVE WITH. THERE WAS PROGRESS REPORTED BY THE WHITE HOUSE. NATION PASSED IMPORTANT NEW MILESTONE, 50% OF ALL AMERICANS ARE FULLY VACCINATED AND ANOTHER MAJOR CORPORATION JOINED LIST OF VACCINE MANDATES FOR EMPLOYEES. UNITED AIRLINES REQUIRING ITS EMPLOYEES TO BE VACCINATED BY THIS FALL. FIRST MAJOR AIRLINE TO TAKE IT. AMAZON SAYS ALL WORKERS AT WAREHOUSE WILL BE REQUIRED TO WEAR MASKS STARTING MONDAY. NEW JERSEY’S GOVERNOR IS ORDERING MASKS INSIDE OF SCHOOLS NEXT MONTH, AND JUDGE IN ARKANSAS TEMPORARILY STOPPED THE STATE FROM ENFORCING MASK MANDATES. CAME AFTER THE GOVERNOR WANTED THEM TO CONSIDER ROLLING BACK THE BAN FOR SOME SCHOOLS AS COVID CASES CONTINUE TO CLIMB. AND THEN SOUTH DAKOTA, THE STURGIS MOTORCYCLE RALLY, EXPECTED TO DRAW CLOSE TO 1 MILLION IN THE OBAMA ADMINISTRAN AND PUBLIC HEALTH EXPERT AND NONRESIDENT FELLOW AT BROOKINGS. DR. PATEL, WHERE ARE WE NOW? ADMINISTRATION PUSHING MORE AGGRESSIVE AGENDA TO GET THE VACCINE OUT THERE. WE’VE GOT PEOPLE LIKE RON DeSANTIS PUSHING BACK AND DELTA VARIANT THAT CONTINUES TO SPREAD ACROSS THIS COUNTRY AT GREAT SPEED. >> YEAH. THE EFFORTS FOR VACCINATION MUST CONTINUE, NEED TO ACCELERATE. NOT JUST POSSIBLE MANDATE, WHATEVER WE CAN DO. BUT THAT’S NOT GOING TO MAKE A DENT IN THE ACCELERATION WE SEE TODAY. FLORIDA AND PURSUANT TO THAT, TEXAS, SEEING HOSPITALS SO OVERWHELMED IN LARGE POPULACE STATES THEY HAVE TO SEND PATIENTS OUT OF STATE TO GET ADEQUATE CARE. AND MAJORITY OF THE SCHOOLS ARE STARTING NEXT TWO TO THREE WEEKS WITH PEDIATRIC CASES ON THE RISE, THIS IS A POWDER KEG OF SORTS. WE’RE BRACING FOR WHEN WILL THE DESCENT HAPPEN. LOOK TO OTHER COUNTRIES. UK, NETHERLANDS, HAD STEEP DESCENTS DESPITE DELTA TAKING HOLD, WE’RE HOPING TO FOLLOW THE PATTERN. BUT LOOKING TWO TO FOUR MORE WEEKS OF PRECIPITOUS INCREASE MY COLLEAGUES AT ASSOCIATED PRESS DID HEAD COUNT OF THE ASSEMBLY, THEY HAVE THE VOTES TO IMPEACH. >> DR. PATEL, YOU MENTIONED MANDATES, BETWEEN THE WHITE HOUSE AND RON DeSANTIS, NOT LOOKING FOR DIRECT CONFRONTATIONS WITH THE STATES, HOWEVER A NUMBER OF COMPANIES ARE STEPPING UP, EITHER WORKERS HAVE TO BE VACCINATED OR MASKED, SOME INSISTING THAT CUSTOMERS AND CLIENTS BE VACCINATED. IS AMERICAN BUSINESS GOING TO PUT THIS OVER THE TOP? >> YEAH, I THINK THAT AMERICAN BUSINESS, PRIVATE SECTOR, SAY WHAT YOU WILL — AND BY THE WAY, ALI, THE CONVERSATION BETWEEN PUBLIC AND PRIVATE SECTORS ARE ABSOLUTELY ONGOING AND WILL CONTINUE BECAUSE YOU BET THAT PEOPLE INSIDE THE WHITE HOUSE ARE TALKING TO THESE COMPANIES TO EXPRESS THEIR SUPPORT EVEN THOUGH THEY CAN’T ISSUE A MANDATE OVER THESE COMPANIES. AND SEEING TEACHERS UNIONS AND OTHERS STARTING TO EXPRESS SUPPORT FOR A POSSIBLE SCHOOL-BASED VACCINE MANDATE. IF AND WHEN THEY’RE AVAILABLE FOR CHILDREN AND FULLY LICENSED, NOT EMERGENCY AUTHORIZATION. THAT RESULTED IN PRESSURE ON THE FDA, WHICH ANNOUNCED THEY WOULD LIKELY HAVE APPROVAL IN NEXT SEVERAL WEEKS. YOU CAN SEE THE SEQUENCE, IF THERE’S APPROVAL NEXT FOUR TO SIX — FULL LICENSURE, THEN YOU HAVE THE ABILITY TO FULLY EXPRESS A MANDATE, STITCH TOGETHER CLOSE TO 85% OF THE COUNTRY VACCINATED OR WITH SOME IMMUNITY BY INFECTION, THAT MIGHT BE BEST WAY TO GET TO
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Covid Delta Surge: \'There\'s Going To Be A Lot Of Death\'

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