28 min ago”If you’re vaccinated and you’re outside, put aside your mask,” Fauci saysFrom CNN’s Naomi Thomas
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said on CBS This Morning that people vaccinated against Covid-19 do not need to wear masks outside.
“We’ve got to make that transition,” Fauci said. “If you are vaccinated, you don’t have to wear a mask outside. It would be a very unusual situation, if you were going into a completely crowded situation where people are essentially falling all over each other, then you wear a mask. But any other time, if you’re vaccinated and you’re outside, put aside your mask. You don’t have to wear it.” The CDC said in updated guidance in late April that fully vaccinated people can safely unmask at small outdoor gatherings, but not in crowded settings.
33 min agoFauci says he’s not so sure Covid-19 vaccine should be required for US children to go back to schoolFrom CNN’s Naomi Thomas
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said on CBS This Morning Thursday he’s not so sure Covid-19 vaccines should be required for children to go back to school.
“Whenever you’re talking about requiring something, that’s always a charged issue,” Fauci said on CBS. “I’m not so sure we should be requiring children at all, we should be encouraging them. But you got to be careful when you make a requirement of something, that usually gets you into a lot of pushback, understandable pushback.”The US Food and Drug Administration extended emergency use authorization for the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine to 12-to 15-year-olds on Monday.
On Wednesday, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said the agency recommends the use of the vaccine in this age group following an Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices meeting.
For parents who are worried about the long-term effects, Fauci said that “the safety profile is really quite firm and sound,” and highlighted that people have been receiving the vaccine for almost a year now with “no long term effects that anyone could notice.”
Parents should be given the information that they need, he said.
“You don’t want to in any manner or form have the parents feel like they’re doing something wrong by questioning,” he said. “I mean, it’s a perfectly normal thing to be concerned about your children and to question. And that’s the reason why you want to get them as much information as you possibly can and be very open and transparent about the information.”
While children are at less risk for serious infection than adults, “we are starting to see younger people get into serious trouble, again at a very low rate, but serious trouble,” and young people who are infected can inadvertently pass infection to vulnerable people at greater risk for serious disease.
2 hr 2 min agoCovid-19 pandemic “could have been prevented” if world had acted sooner, WHO-commissioned report findsFrom Sharon Braithwaite in London
The Covid-19 pandemic “could have been prevented” if the world had acted sooner, an independent panel appointed by the World Health Organization and headed by former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark and former Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf found on Wednesday.
At a news conference on Wednesday, Sirleaf said:
This is an ongoing disaster that we believe could have been prevented. The evidence shows that an outbreak became a pandemic because of failures, gaps and delays in preparedness and response. This was partly due to a failure to learn from the past.”
The panel found that WHO should have declared an emergency sooner and that urgent actions are now needed to prevent another pandemic. The report also said the current national and international systems in place were “not adequate to protect people from COVID-19” and that February 2020 was “a lost month.”
The time it took from the reporting of a cluster of cases of pneumonia of unknown origin in mid-late December 2019 to a Public Health Emergency of International Concern being declared was too long.”
The panel urged the international community to prepare for a future outbreak and prevent it from becoming a pandemic. It recommended reforms such as:
A new global system for surveillance based on full transparency should be established. This system would provide the WHO with the authority to publish information about outbreaks with pandemic potential on an immediate basis without needing to seek approval and to dispatch experts to investigate at the shortest possible notice.All governments to invest in national preparedness now as it will be too late when the next public health crisis hits.2 hr 42 min agoDelhi is seeing a decline in Covid-19 casesFrom CNN’s Aditi Sangal
A health worker collects a swab sample for a Covid-19 test at a community center in New Delhi, India, on April 28. Money Sharma/AFP/Getty ImagesIndia’s union territory of Delhi, which includes the capital New Delhi, is seeing a decrease in its daily new Covid-19 cases, according to according to Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia.
About 15 days ago, coronavirus cases were rising in Delhi like an incoming “flood” and the positivity rate was up at 35%, Sisodia told reporters at a press conference on Thursday, adding that Delhi was testing between 80,000 to 100,000 people daily and an estimate of 27,000 people were testing positive.
“That has decreased now. As of today, positivity rate is at 14% and the daily number of Covid-19 patients has come down to 10,400,” Sisodia said.
Daily figures from Delhi’s health department show a decrease in daily cases since May 7. On May 7, Delhi reported 19,832 new cases and the numbers have decreased every day since. On May 13, Delhi reported 10,400 new cases.
As cases have declined, Sisodia says the demand for oxygen in Delhi has also dropped.
“We have written to the center now and told them that the surplus can be given to other states in need,” he added.
In the past 24-48 hours, Sisodia said that the Delhi government has only received an SOS call for oxygen from “one hospital or so” and it was instantly arranged.
Sisodia also thanked the central government, the Supreme Court and the Delhi High Court.
“With their help, Delhi got sufficient amount of oxygen, although 700 MT was only received one day,” he said. “They came forward to help the people of Delhi and that saved thousands of lives in time.”
4 hr 48 min agoIndian authorities cast net in Ganges River after bodies of suspected Covid-19 victims wash ashoreFrom CNN’s Manveena Suri in New Delhi
Fauci says vaccinated people do not need to wear masks outside
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