Dr. Anthony Fauci testifies to the House Select subcommittee on the coronavirus crisis Thursday.
During a House Select subcommittee on Thursday’s hearing on the coronavirus crisis, Dr. Anthony Fauci, a leading U.S. health agency for the COVID-19 pandemic, presented a roadmap for the country’s return to relative normalcy.
“What determines when?” Ohio Republican Jim Jordan challenged Fauci. The congressman said restrictions on business movements and closings have compromised people’s rights to go to church and even leave their homes. He called it a perennial loss of freedom.
“We would have loved to see it if it had dropped arbitrarily to a very, very low level. We don’t know what that number is – probably less than 10,000 a day. ‘
Fauci, the director of the National Institute for Allergies and Infectious Diseases, replied, “You state freedom and freedom. I consider it a public health measure to prevent people from dying and going to the hospital. “
“My message, Congressman Jordan, is to get as many people as possible vaccinated as soon as possible to keep infection levels down in this country. [such] that it is no longer a threat. Then, and I think when that happens, you will see, ”he said.
Ohio Republican Jim Jordan asked Fauci at the subcommittee hearing Thursday to state when the US public health situation would improve enough to lift restrictions on “freedom”. Fauci said Jordan scolded.
“We currently have around 60,000 infections a day, which is a very big risk for an increase,” added Fauci. “We’re not talking about freedoms. We’re talking about a pandemic that killed 560,000 Americans. We talk about that. “
He continued, “We would have liked to see it arbitrarily dropped to a very, very low level. We don’t know what that number is – probably less than 10,000 a day. We are at a critical turning point. Every day we get better and better able to control it. “
Currently 23% the US population has been fully vaccinated, and The centers for disease prevention told CNN5,800 vaccinated people are still infected with COVID-19. Of these “breakthrough cases” 74 people died and several became seriously ill.
Also on Thursday, Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla told CNBC that people are likely to need one third vaccine Dose after 12 months and possibly annual vaccinations thereafter. When asked about the prospects for a next-generation vaccine that can fight off emerging variants of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, Fauci told the hearing that the endgame was a universal vaccine. reported the business news channel.
“There are a number of ways to do this,” he said. “We have important and new platform technologies and believe, for example, that we can apply mRNA technology to achieve the goal of getting a broad response to all possible variants.”
Fauci has said in the past that if the US reaches 70% to 85% of the vaccinated population, that equates to good “herd immunity” and that the country should return to normal by the fall. This may of course depend on the age, circumstances and underlying conditions of the individual.
The Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended a break using the Johnson & Johnson vaccine this week, they are investigating six severe cases of blood clots among the roughly 7 million people who have ingested it. The break was extended late Wednesday to allow government scientists to collect and analyze more data.
The Johnson & Johnson Unit vaccine
Janssen is an adenovirus vector-based vaccine that only requires one shot. Clinical studies showed that this was the case 72% effectiveness in the USA
J&J has also suspended the launch in Europe.
Pfizer’s two-shot mRNA-based vaccines
with the German partner BioNTech SE
make up the majority of admissions given in the U.S., with clinical data pointing to efficacy rates in the mid-1990s. Mayo Clinic Research establishes its “real worldEfficacy at closer to 88.7%.
As of Thursday, 31.5 million people had been infected by the novel coronavirus, which was first identified in Wuhan, China, in late 2019. to Johns Hopkins University. More than 2.9 million people have died from the disease worldwide, including 565,240 in the United States