October 14, 2021 – President Joe Biden said Thursday that nearly 100 million Americans were not vaccinated in July 2021, a number that is now down 34% to about 66 million. These and other numbers are evidence that federal efforts announced this summer, including vaccine requirements, are working, he said
“We are making important progress…but now is not a time to hold back. We have a lot to do,” Biden said in remarks at the White House about the response to COVID-19 and the vaccine program.
In addition to fewer unvaccinated people, Biden said there has been a 47% decrease in cases and a 38% decrease in hospitalizations in the past six weeks. Gains were also reported nationwide, with 39 states seeing a decline in cases and 38 states seeing a decrease in hospitalizations.
Then the president outlined a three-point plan to maintain progress in the fight against COVID-19:
- Do more to encourage the remaining 66 million Americans to get immunized. “It is necessary,” he said. He said that companies with vaccination requirements now typically indicate that more than 90% of their workforce is immunized.
- The government will continue its efforts to protect vaccinators. “This week the FDA is reviewing the data for Moderna and J&J boosters. We expect a final decision within two weeks… and that decision will be based on science,” he said, adding that 1 in 3 eligible seniors have already received a booster shot.
- Continue policies to keep schools and students safe. Biden said 96% of school districts are fully open for in-person learning, thanks to preventive measures like masks, testing and vaccination.
Speaking of children, Biden said, “I know parents are eagerly awaiting a vaccine for children ages 5 to 11. The good news is that the Food and Drug Administration and the CDC’s outside experts are ready to make a decision on whether the vaccine Allowed for this age group for the next few weeks.”
“Let me conclude with this – the plan I laid out in September is working. We are heading in the right direction.” He added, however, “we still have critical work to do.” Biden left without answering any questions from reporters.
Fauci: Delta has diminished, danger has not gone away
Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said during the coronavirus outbreak at the White House that an increase in COVID-19 caused by the more contagious delta variant appears to be waning as cases, hospitalizations and deaths decline across the country. – 19 news briefing on Wednesday.
For the first time since early August, the average number of new COVID-19 cases in the United States is under 100,000 per day and under 2,000 deaths per day.
“We’ve had an acceleration. We’ve had a peak … All three parameters – cases, hospitalizations, deaths – are declining. But we have to do better than that,” Fauci said.
The pandemic is still out of control, he said, adding that “the kind of natural we all crave” is made possible by high vaccination rates.
“We can take control, without a doubt,” Fauci said. “It is within our power and within our ability.”
CDC releases optimistic report
Hospitalizations and deaths from the COVID-19 virus are expected to decrease over the next four weeks, according to the CDC’s latest forecast published Wednesday, which includes forecasts from 21 research groups across the country.
By November 6, the United States is expected to record between 740,000 and 762,000 deaths from COVID-19, the third consecutive week of a decrease in newly reported deaths. The United States has reported 719,000 deaths so far.
Also during that time, the US will likely report as many as 10,000 new hospitalizations due to COVID-19, which would represent the fifth week of projected declines. About 64,000 COVID-19 patients are currently admitted to hospitals across the country.
Stark differences by country
Currently, Alaska has the largest prevalence in the United States relative to its population, with 113 cases per 100,000 people, according to Axios. Public health officials are also tracking hotspots in the Upper West and Midwest in Idaho, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, Utah, Wisconsin and Wyoming.
Axios reported that Hawaii and Connecticut had the fewest cases at this time, with an average of 12 cases per 100,000. Nine other states, and Washington, D.C., average 20 cases or fewer per 100,000 people, including states in the south that have experienced massive spikes in the delta variant, such as Alabama, Florida and Louisiana.
He said, “The last message for all of us is always the same: protect yourself and those around you.” “Vaccination is the key to getting us under control.”