October 14, 2021 – Nearly 100 million Americans were unvaccinated as of July 2021, a number that is currently down 34% to around 66 million, President Joe Biden said Thursday. These and other numbers prove that the federal government’s efforts announced this summer, including vaccine requirements, work, he said
“We are making significant progress … but now is not the time to give up. We have a lot more to do,” Biden said in a remark to the White House on the COVID-19 response and the vaccine program.
In addition to fewer unvaccinated people, Biden said there had been a 47% decrease in cases and a 38% decrease in hospitalizations in the past 6 weeks. Additionally, gains are being reported nationwide, with 39 states seeing a decrease in cases and 38 states seeing a decrease in hospitalizations.
The President then presented a three-point plan to maintain progress in the fight against COVID-19:
- Do more to encourage the remaining 66 million Americans to get vaccinated. “It is essential,” he said. Companies with vaccination requirements now typically report that more than 90% of their workforce is immune, he said.
- The government will continue its efforts to protect those vaccinated. “This week, the FDA is reviewing data on Moderna and J&J boosters. We expect a final decision in a few weeks… and that decision will be based on science,” he said, adding that a senior citizen eligible in three had already received a booster shot.
- Continue policies to keep schools and students safe. Biden said 96% of school districts are fully open to in-person learning, with protective measures such as masks, testing and immunizations.
Speaking of children, Biden said, “I know parents are looking forward to a vaccine for children aged 5 to 11. The good news is that the FDA and external CDC experts are set to decide whether the vaccine is cleared for this age group in the coming weeks. “
“Let me finish with this – the plan I presented in September is working. We are heading in the right direction. He added, however, that “we still have critical work to do.” Biden left without answering reporters’ questions.
Fauci: Delta in decline, the danger is not gone
The COVID-19 outbreak caused by the most contagious Delta variant appears to be declining as cases, hospitalizations and deaths decline across the country, said Anthony Fauci, MD, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, in a White House meeting. COVID-19 press briefing Wednesday.
For the first time since early August, the United States is averaging less than 100,000 new cases of COVID-19 per day and reporting fewer than 2,000 deaths per day.
“We had an acceleration. We had a peak… all three parameters – cases, hospitalizations and deaths – are down. But we have to do better than that, ”Fauci said.
The pandemic is still not under control, he said, adding that “the kind of normalcy we all crave” is possible thanks to higher vaccination rates.
“We can control, without a doubt,” Fauci said. “It is in our power and according to our abilities.”
CDC releases optimistic report
COVID-19-related hospitalizations and deaths are expected to decrease over the next 4 weeks, according to the latest CDC forecast released 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, marking the third consecutive week of decline in new reported deaths. The United States has reported 719,000 deaths to date.
Also during this period, the United States will likely report as many as 10,000 new hospitalizations related to COVID-19, marking a fifth week of expected declines. Around 64,000 COVID-19 patients are currently hospitalized across the country.
Differences marked by state
Currently, Alaska has the largest outbreak in the United States relative to its population, with 113 cases per 100,000 people, according to to Axios. Public health officials are also monitoring hot spots in the West and Upper Midwest in Idaho, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, Utah, Wisconsin and Wyoming.
Hawaii and Connecticut have the lowest caseloads today, Axios reported, averaging 12 cases per 100,000. Nine other states and Washington, DC, average 20 or fewer cases per 100,000 locals, including southern states that have experienced massive outbreaks of Delta variants, such as Alabama, Florida, and Louisiana.
“The final message for all of us is always the same: protect yourself and those around you,” he said. “Vaccination is the answer to bring us into control. “