LIVE: White House Covid-19 Response Team Briefing | NBC News

LIVE: White House Covid-19 Response Team Briefing | NBC News

members endorse covet 19 vaccination requirements and they are encouraging state and local policy makers to quote support not impede companies ability to adopt these requirements and just this week nearly 50 colleges and universities including the ohio state university one of the largest in the country announced students faculty and staff will need to be fully vaccinated and at louisiana state university lsu to attend a football game this fall you’ll need to be vaccinated or show proof of a negative test overall 800 colleges and universities more than 200 health care employers large and small businesses across the country and many state and local governments have all adopted vaccination requirements to protect students healthcare personnel patients employees and consumers together these vaccination requirements add up to make a big difference helping protect tens of millions of americans at work at school in health care settings and at sporting events this is the power of americans coming together all of us doing our part to protect not just ourselves but our families and friends our neighbors and colleagues our communities and our country we can’t and we won’t let up and we need everyone to get the job done so if you’re an american who is not yet vaccinated or if you’re an employer who has yet to adopt vaccination requirements we have a very simple message get off the sidelines step up and do your part individuals get vaccinated employers adopt vaccination requirements you have the power to try to protect your communities and help end the pandemic with that let me turn it over to dr golinski dr mulinski thank you jeff good morning everyone um we’ll begin with an overview of the data yesterday cdc reported nearly 165 000 new cases of coven 19. our seven-day averages at about 142 000 cases per day this represents an increase of nearly three percent from the prior seven day average the seven day average of hospital admissions is about twelve thousand per day an increase of about six percent from the previous seven day period and the seven day average of daily deaths has also increased to 864 per day an increase of nearly 11 from the previous seven day period today i want to talk about children as a mother of three i know how important it is for us to protect our kids and give them every opportunity to succeed and this is why it is so important for us to get our children safely back in the classroom for in-person learning while symptomatic and severe cases in children remain less common than in other age groups we have seen increases in pediatric cases and hospitalizations over the last few weeks which is likely the result of overall increases in community transmission generally and more specifically the delta variants increase transmissibility it’s human nature to protect our children above all else and the best way to protect them is to get everyone who is eligible vaccinated and surround children who are not yet vaccine eligible with people who are vaccinated to effectively shield them from covet harm we also have clear scientifically backed guidance that offers a framework for schools to open and remain open for a safe and healthy learning environment in this unprecedented academic year ahead evidence has repeatedly demonstrated that multi-layer prevention strategies such as vaccination for all children and adults who are eligible masks for all students teachers staff and visitors ventilation cohorting physical distancing and screening testing work to prevent the spread of coveton schools schools should implement as many of these prevention layers as possible simultaneously and this serves to protect our children even if there are inevitable breaches in any single protection layer adding to this body of evidence two studies will be published in today’s mmwr that demonstrate the importance of consistent and correct use of these mitigation strategies especially vaccination and universal masking in their first report looking at coveted cases in los angeles county we saw the power of layered prevention school associated cases remained lower than cases in the community because of prevention efforts in schools with safety protocols in place case rates in children and adolescents were about three and a half times lower during the winter peak compared to rates in the community even when communities were experiencing high levels of co-transmission in the la county study layer prevention measures in schools provided a shield of protection helped to keep covet out of school and reduce the spread when cases did occur in a second report that closely studied an outbreak in a school in northern california we saw the absence of optimal multi-layer prevention can result in spread of covet in this classroom and beyond the introduction of the virus into the classroom by a teacher who worked in school while she was both symptomatic and unvaccinated and who was unmasked when reading aloud to the class resulted in cases within the classroom across the school and among families of students and staff in the community we know how to protect our kids in school we have the tools this week cdc released toolkits to help schools plan for and implement screening testing and for parents to understand what they should be asking of indeed expecting of their school systems to keep their children safe unfortunately many schools have opted not to implement these recommended schools we recognize and are closely following cases and hospitalizations in children at the same time as school reopening in our outbreak investigations large-scale quarantines or large number of cases are generally occurring in schools because schools are not following our guidance particularly our recommendations for teacher as well as students age 12 and over to be vaccinated and for everyone right now to be masked i want to strongly appeal to those districts who have not implemented prevention strategies and encourage them to do the right thing to protect the children under their care we know these multi-layered mitigation strategies work and thanks to the american rescue plan schools have the resources to implement these strategies universal masks in schools work to prevent outbreaks and reduce the risk of children bringing the virus home to others who are vulnerable this is not forever this is for now good ventilation reduces the number of virus particles in the air and helps prevent transmission this is not only true for coven 19 but for all other respiratory viruses that will inevitably circulate throughout the school year vaccines work to prevent serious illness hospitalization and death and when our children who are not yet eligible to be vaccinated are surrounded by vaccinated people they are more protected and school testing gives communities schools and families added reassurance that schools can open and remain open safely by swiftly identifying and isolating cases to effectively limit spread we know what works now let us unify together to follow these steps to ensure fundamentally that our children and our future are safe thank you i will now turn things over to dr falchi thank you very much dr walensky i would like to address my remarks today to covert 19 vaccine efficacy and safety in adolescence so let’s first look at the efficacy of the mrna vaccines in adolescents as you could see these two new england journal of medicine papers on the left the one from bioentech pfizer and the one on the right from moderna note that both of these have essentially a 100 vaccine efficacy against clinically recognizable disease so these vaccines are highly efficacious in this population of adolescents next slide if you look at where we stand now with regard to the fisa bio and tech for adolescents vis-a-vis authorizations and regulation as you know just to recall the fda issued an emergency use authorization for use in persons equal to or older than 16 years of age on december of 2020 on the 11th an eua was expanded to include adolescents aged 12 to 15 years old on may 10 of this year which was based on results from a phase three clinical trial and the vaccine was fully licensed by the fda for persons aged equal to or older than 16 just in august 23rd of this year just a few days ago vaccine continues to be available under an eua for younger individuals namely adolescents 12 to 15 years of age next slide so what about moderna modena requested an eua for their mrna 1273 vaccine for adolescents 12 to 17 a couple of months ago in june 10th of 2021 and that fda decision is pending what about safety next slide safety in these vaccines and adolescents the uh expected mild local and systemic reactions which are common among adolescents similar very much to adults there are serious adverse events but they indeed are rare next slide these three which were mmwr’s from july 9th through august the 13th addressed the issue of safety particularly in the context of myocarditis and in every instance and every analysis the risk benefit ratio given the risk of myocarditis and other aspects of disease with covet 19 versus the risk of vaccination in all determinations the benefit has always very much outweighed the risk last slide and so what are the reasons for adolescents to be vaccinated against covert 19 first we know the vaccines are safe effective convenient and free the next is to obviously protect yourself from covert 19 but also to help protect family members friends classmates teachers and other important people in the lives of the adolescent some of them actually may be especially vulnerable to covet 19 complications and you might not know that they are vulnerable so therefore there’s so many many reasons for adolescents to be vaccinated i’ll turn back to you now jeff thanks dr spousey malinsky let’s go ahead and open it up for a few questions kevin thanks jeff uh first question let’s go to brenda goodman at webmd thank you can you hear me yes why brenda okay um doctor malinsky i was glad to see that you wanted to talk about children and i haven’t seen the mmwr studies that you mentioned but it sounded like those were conducted over the winter is that correct um actually no one of them reaches out through june and in fact it’s the la county the northern california one that speaks to um the the outbreak in the school um and my understanding is that was with the delta variant well covet cases and kids have increased fourfold in the past month the children’s hospital association sent a letter to president biden yesterday saying that they are worried about running out of beds and you have repeatedly said pools can reopen safely if they follow the layered prevention strategies outlined by the cdc but yesterday in his podcast dr michael holsterholm said these guidelines have done a disservice to schools and parents he said they are largely based on studies done with previous and less transmissible versions of the virus and no longer apply under delta he said who in their right mind believes that an aerosol is only going to be transmitted three feet and that plexiglass will make a difference that’s just wrong to continue to promote that and the cdc guidelines do that unless educators have become convinced that they can reopen their school safely we have misled them in light of the recent large increase in pediatric cases and the amount of transmission we’re already seeing in schools do these guidelines need an update do you stand by the idea that schools can be open safely if they follow them thank you for that question brenda um we have seen outbreaks in schools that are occurring now in the context of not following these layered prevention strategies these layered prevention strategies include not only vaccinating everyone who’s eligible for vaccination not only masking cohorting ventilation strategies screening strategies hand hygiene the whole layered mitigation and where we have seen these layered mitigations probably properly employed we have also seen that case because cases really are reflective of what’s happening in high community transmission but we have also seen that the cases are not propagated in the schools and in fact that schools tend to be safer places for our children than the communities and tournaments of code spread next question liz sabo at kaiser health news i don’t think we’re hearing liz no all right next question let’s go to tommy christopher oh hi it’s liz hey louise okay hi sorry about that i had a question on the number of vaccinations um do we have any idea if these are first-time vaccinations or if these are people coming in for the worried well coming in for third dose the 1.1 million that was reported today there were about a half million of people coming in for their first dose and as i said that’s really important and part of a real acceleration of first doses that we’ve seen across the last several weeks and very encouraging immunocompromised are eligible for a third dose and we’re seeing some increase there as planned but the vast majority of the doses are first doses and then people coming to complete their first dose three to four to five weeks later per the plan so the vast majority of the doses are made up of first and second doses but we are seeing some doses for those who are qualified for their third dose uh as their amino compromised next question all right tommy christopher hello yes uh thank you for the uh for the briefing uh my question is sort of a one and a half part question really i the first half question being i am assuming that you still haven’t received any guidance from the justice department on whether or not the federal government has the authority to institute a national mass mandate but you can correct me if i’m wrong about that and so my question is um for each one of you just to be clear if you had your druthers would you prefer that every american be covered in some way by some sort of a vaccine mandate be it local state employer uh etc so we have no uh plans or authority for a i think what you called a national mass mandate uh the president has taken significant action on vaccination requirements across the federal government across the military across health providers that that are at the department of health and human services and at the va and then also use the power of the government as payer through cms which is medicare and medicaid to acquire vaccinations for nursing home workers in that the data is clear that when nursing home workers have a lower level of vaccination that residents get infected and suffer the consequences of cobalt at a higher rate and the president will continue to look for every lever he can pull on vaccination requirements and we’re all very heartened by the fact that private sector public sector schools are following suit with with vaccination requirements next question all right a reminder keep your question to one question dan vergano buzzfeed thanks very much dean vergano buzzfeed um for dr malinsky or dr fauci um we’re wondering if you have a view on the hospitalization rate among children diagnosed with covid19 we’re relying on aap suggesting it’s about a one percent rate um for you know children diagnosed with coca-19 resulting in hospitalization but some hospitals are telling us they’re seeing much higher rates like around 15 and so i’m wondering if you could offer some uh perspective on what you see is the rate thanks very much dr malinsky sure um you know what we’re seeing here is increasing in cases across the country and therefore increasing cases in hospitalizations of all age demographics um they tend to be consistent in terms of across the age demographics meaning that the rates of hospitalization are actually higher among older age demographics than they are in the pediatric age demographic but the because the absolute number of cases is so high the absolute number of children who are coming into the hospital is so high is high it’s also the case that we are um currently within a surge of rsv cases as well respiratory sensational virus cases many of the hospitalizations that are accumulating in pediatric hospital beds are infected with rsv we’re seeing rsv rates similar to what we had seen what we generally see in the winter months so that is actually also contributing to the hospital bed pediatric hospital bed crunch next question last question let’s go to joshua and grove at bloomberg all right sorry just to follow up on a couple of them are are you reviewing the school guidance in light of delta will it be updated or is the guidance exists now uh the guidance that will exist for the school year or at least the start of it and is the hospitalization rate higher than what we understand it to be do you have data on that you said it’s rising just because all cases are rising but do you have numbers on that we are not looking at updating our school guidance right now i can tell you that most of the places where we’re seeing surges and outbreaks are in places that are not implementing our current guidance um the hospitalization rates that we’re seeing with children right now are similar to prior surges it’s the absolute number of cases that we are seeing as increasing well thank you everybody we’ll look forward to returning to our normal format next week and i hope everybody has a good weekend thank you you
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