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EDT MR. Today, Dr. Fauci will discuss the latest science, including an important announcement on next-generation treatments in our long-term fight against COVID Walensky will give an update on the state of the pandemic, Dr. Kids were out of school, people were out of work, and businesses were closed. The President committed to marshalling a whole-of Government wartime response to meet this historic challenge. The are clear: More than million Americans have already gotten at least one shot, including 87 percent of seniors, those 65 and over; 74 percent of adults 40 and over; and nearly 2 out of 3 of all adult Americans.
In 14 states and the District of Columbia, at least 70 percent of adults have received at least one shot. And just this morning, we learned that 86 percent of K-through educators and school staff had already been vaccinated by the end of May. What does this all mean? As a result of our success vaccinating Americans, cases and deaths are down more than 90 percent since the President took office on January 20th. In fact, cases and deaths are at the lowest levels since the start of the pandemic.
As the President says, we do not want our country, that is already too divided, become divided in a new way — between places where people live free from fear of COVID and places that remain at risk. The low vaccination rates in some communities is an even bigger concern now that we face the threat of a new, more dangerous variant, including specifically the Delta variant. The good news is that the best way to protect yourself against these variants, including the Delta variant, is to get fully vaccinated.
This is why we are pushing so hard to get more Americans vaccinated. Yesterday, the Second Gentleman in Memphis, Tennessee. And to cap off the first week, the Vice President will be in Atlanta, Georgia, tomorrow. Last week, the President took a historic step by announcing that the United States will purchase a half billion doses of Pfizer vaccines and donate them to nearly low-income countries around the world. On Tuesday, doses landed in Mexico, and today, doses land in Canada. And we expect to do more and more over the summer months as we help lead the fight to end the pandemic across the globe.
Now I want to turn to Dr. Fauci for an important announcement on how we are mobilizing our whole-of-government effort to develop next-generation treatments to prevent severe COVID illness or death. This pioneering work of American ingenuity and innovation is essential to our long-term response to the pandemic, and is funded by the American Rescue Plan. With that, over to Dr. Can I have that first slide?
Next slide. The program is called the Antiviral Program for Pandemics, and it aims to catalyze the development of new medicines to combat COVID and, importantly, to prepare for other pandemic threats. And what do I mean by that latter statement? So what is the rationale and the goals for this program? However, antivirals can and are an important complement to existing vaccines, especially for individuals with certain conditions that might put them at a greater risk.
For those who vaccines may not be as protective, we know that there are many people who are immunosuppressed, in which vaccines, at least initially, may not give an optimum response. This program is going to bring together leading scientists from academia, as well as industry, to accelerate the development of new antivirals. Can I have the next slide? It has two major pillars to the program: development and discovery. And on the last slide: What are the next steps? So we have a great deal of optimism that this program will ultimately be as successful as the highly successful program that we had implemented both for HIV and for hepatitis C.
And good morning, everyone. Our seven-day average is 12, cases per day. This represents a decrease of about 16 percent from the prior seven-day average and is the lowest seven-day average since March 27, To put this in context: On January 10,the seven-day average wascases per day. The seven-day average of hospitalizations is about 2, per day, a decrease of about 10 percent from the prior seven-day period.
And the seven-day average of daily deaths has also declined to per day, the first time that average daily deaths have been below since March 27, These s make it clear: Getting vaccinated gets us back to normal. Everyone in the United States ages 12 and older is eligible to get vaccinated. Vaccines are free and available at a location near you. Remember, visit VaccineFinder. We know that vaccination prevents the vast majority of serious COVID illness, hospitalizations, and deaths.
How were they developed so quickly? How do we know they are safe, especially for adolescents and teens? Answering those questions remains a critical part of our efforts, especially when it comes to safety. And hospitalization rates among adolescents who got COVID were two and a half to three times higher than they are during a typical influenza season.
In addition to preventing hospitalizations, the vaccine also reduces the risk of COVID and therefore reduces the risk of MISC, a serious condition of multisystem inflammation in children, which has affected over 4, children in the United States during the pandemic, including 36 children whose deaths were associated with MISC.
These cases are rare, and the vast majority have fully resolved with rest and supportive care. CDC will present details about more than confirmed cases of myocarditis and pericarditis reported to CDC and FDA among the over 20 million adolescents and young adults vaccinated in the United States.
Over the last several months, we have been asking clinicians to be on the look-out for and report patients with symptoms of myocarditis or pericarditis following vaccination. CDC has been collecting these reports, including obtaining detailed medical records to confirm the diagnosis and reviewing them to ensure, in real time, the safety of our vaccines.
Tomorrow, in a meeting open to the public, the ACIP will hear a risk-benefit analysis regarding COVID vaccination versus the potential rare side effects across all age groups. I look forward to hearing this important discussion, which is yet another demonstration of our ongoing efforts to keep safety central to everything we do.
Getting vaccinated is our way out of this pandemic. If you have questions about vaccination, please contact your health care provider, your state or local health department, or your local pharmacist. Thank you. Our COVID 19 vaccine public education efforts have continued in earnest and, in fact, with even greater urgency given the spread of the Delta variant, which is ificantly more transmissible, may be more dangerous than prior variants, and which serves as a stark reminder that if you are vaccinated, you are protected; if you are not, the threat of variants is real and growing.
In the last two weeks alone, our door-knocking and phone-banking efforts have generated hundreds of thousands of conversations in all 50 states. And we focused our broader efforts on three key groups in particular: parents, youth, and clinicians. Recent data indicates more than 50 percent of clinicians are experiencing burnout during this pandemic.
But even before COVID, more than one third of nurses and doctors experienced substantial symptoms of burnout, with doctors experiencing a suicide rate double that of the general population. COVID made this much worse, as clinicians have been forced to push through new levels of fatigue. Clinicians have gone through trauma of their own during this pandemic. Now, the administration is responding to clinician burnout. This funding will support an expansion of training and wellness programs to reduce burnout and to promote resiliency.
My office will continue to focus on clinician wellbeing in the coming months. Our nation owes our healthcare workers a debt of gratitude, but also a debt of action. Thank you so much. Q Thank you very much. The question I have is about boosters. And what specifically is the plan to determine if boosters will be needed? How much of this is relying on the pharmaceutical companies? And how much of it is, you know, CDC process? Or how is that going to work?
Well, whether or not one needs it is going to depend on two things. That can be determined either by looking at the correlates of immunity and making sure that an individual — a cohort of individual, who are in — who are vaccinated, that that level of a correlate does not go below a critical baseline. That could be a year.New adult phone chat Stolberg
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