In a recently published article in CNN, on Friday, research published by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that those who were not vaccinated against COVID-19 were 11 times more likely to die from the disease and 10 times more likely to be hospitalized with it.
Results of the Study from the U.S. CDC
From April to mid-July, the researchers looked at 600,000 Covid-19 instances in 13 states. “The basic conclusion is that we now have the scientific tools necessary to turn the pandemic around. Vaccination is effective and will protect us against the severe consequences of Covid-19, “Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the CDC, announced on Friday.
Walensky cited the findings as evidence that people who had not been vaccinated were four and a half times more likely to contract Covid-19.
Experts and governments are rushing to curb the Covid-19 epidemic, with more than 75 million eligible Americans still unvaccinated, hospitals in many states overloaded and worries that cases may increase further in the autumn.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, told CNN’s Anderson Cooper on Thursday, “The one thing we do know for sure… 160,000 cases a day is not where we want to be.” “Unfortunately, it is where we currently find ourselves.”
In an interview with Axios, Fauci stated that controlling the virus is the pandemic’s “endgame.” He added that while the US would want to keep instances as low as possible, a fair aim would be to keep them below 10,000 per day.
According to data from Johns Hopkins University, the US achieved a seven-day average of roughly 11,000 new cases each day in mid-June, before the increase in cases caused by the more transmissible Delta strain.
Biden’s Plan To Mandate Vaccine
On Thursday, President Joe Biden unveiled a plan to impose strict new vaccination regulations on government employees, major companies, and healthcare professionals, affecting up to 100 million Americans.
“We’ve been patient, but our patience is wearing thin, and your refusal has cost all of us,” Biden said, his tone hardening toward Americans who continue to refuse vaccines despite ample evidence of their safety and full approval from the US Food and Drug Administration for one — the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine.
The relocation was deemed essential by Dr. Todd Rice of Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville. He claims his hospital’s staff has been stretched to breaking point, and he is concerned that the number of patients may rise in the cooler months when respiratory issues are more common.
“Getting people vaccinated is the key to getting out of this,” Rice told CNN’s Jim Sciutto on Friday morning. “Something must be done to try to boost our vaccination rates.”
Dr. Paul Offit, head of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Vaccine Education Center, said Biden’s declaration was significant because it “placed his finger right on what the problem is right now in this country.”
Republican Governors Criticized Biden’s Vaccine Mandate
Many Republican governors, particularly those from areas with high hospitalization rates and low vaccination rates, have criticized the plan. Some even stated that they would file a legal challenge to the move.
In a tweet on Thursday, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee stated, “To be clear: the vaccine is the best tool we have to combat the pandemic, but heavy-handed mandates are the wrong approach.”
Effectiveness of Vaccine
Furthermore, according to another CDC study released Friday, overall estimates of Covid-19 vaccine effectiveness had remained “similar to those during the months before Delta became the dominant coronavirus strain.”
In a sample network, vaccination efficacy was lower overall among individuals aged 75 and older, “which had not been reported previously.” Overall, vaccination efficacy was 89 percent among individuals under the age of 75, but just 76 percent among those 75 and older, according to the research. Vaccination is presently not available to children under the age of 12.
However, those aged 12 and up are eligible for Pfizer’s vaccines under an emergency use authorization. According to CNN’s review of the most recent CDC statistics, around 43% of all 12- to 17-year-olds in the United States are completely vaccinated.
According to Fauci, data on Moderna’s vaccine for younger age groups would be available in late October or early November, after Pfizer’s data, due by the end of September.
Nonetheless, according to Dr. Ashish Jha, dean of the Brown University School of Public Health, the goal may not be complete eradication even with both vaccine and mitigation measures in place.