“What we have to do is we have to pull out all the stops to get down to the baseline and keep them there by doing the things we’ve been talking about – I’ve been talking about – consistently.” Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergic and Infectious Diseases, told CNN coronavirus City Hall on Thursday.
Regular adoption of such measures is particularly important given that the number of pending test results makes some coronavirus tests virtually unnecessary.
“It should not be acceptable”; for US tests to be so unfit, Assistant Secretary of Health at the US Department of Health and Human Services. Brett Giroir said on Thursday.
Although he said that about 25% of tests give results in about 15 minutes, most take several days. Giroir said his goal was to make all tests “sensitive and specific and back within 15 minutes.”
But he said, “You can’t try your way out of this,” and people should wear masks, avoid the crowd, and avoid being at home with others.
He added to Fauci: “If we do that, then I think we will do our best to see it under control. If we don’t, then we can’t predict how long it will take. “
Uncertainty about the rapidly evolving vaccine
Meanwhile, the plant is preparing to protect the coronavirus vaccine, and although some early data look promising, there are still questions about vaccine development.
Operation Warp Speed, the federal government’s multi-billion dollar program that includes Covid-19 vaccines, provided funding for two potential vaccines that quickly entered an advanced stage of human experimentation.
Operation chief Moncef Slaoui said on Thursday that he would not be surprised if the vaccine turned out to be 90% effective, but Fauci said only time would tell.
“We hope so,” said Fauci. “As we have said, you can never say that. The proof of pudding is to perform a clinical trial and achieve a result, and that is actually what we do. “
However, people will need the vaccine to protect them, and even those who are not discouraged by existing conspiracy theories around vaccines could be intimidated by the project’s name, Bill Gates said on Thursday.
“We definitely need people to be rational about vaccines. They have eradicated smallpox, saved millions and millions of lives,” he said. “The design is very complex, so you know it’s said that it’s done at Warp Speed, it’s a little scary, because you really have to do very safe, very careful, security checks,” said the founder of Microsoft et al. President of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Gates said the public should make sure non-political staff in the Food and Drug Administration hold the lead to ensure that rapidly evolving drugs are effective and safe.
Plans put in place right after the first day of school
As the school year approaches, officials have a role to play in balancing public concerns about children’s safety with the impact that virtual education can have on their education and well-being.
In New York, students will return to school with security protocols for cleaning, contact tracing and distancing, Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Thursday.
“We are doing everything we can to keep the health of the children while ensuring that they receive the education they deserve. These strict testing and monitoring protocols will ensure the safety of our students and staff as we begin this new school year,” he said. Blasio.
Philadelphia was originally planning to return to a school year that combined virtual and personal learning, but after opposition, the Education Council voted to provide all distance learning at least until November, with Dr. William Hite promised that the change would not remove the emphasis on student success.
Florida’s counties are still considering their options, but Gov. Ron DeSantis advocates a model based on parental choice.
“I think parents in Florida should have a choice,” DeSantis said. “Parents who prefer distance education should be able to choose, and parents who want personal tuition should have access to it.”
States are trying to reverse trends
As parents and school districts consider their decisions, government officials strategize how to reverse the number of infectious infections.
Texas researchers estimate that just two weeks of social distancing policies have reduced the spread of coronavirus by 65%, while states that have rejected these policies have hardly reduced them.
Illinois could reverse its reopening plan and return to a policy of distancing itself from society if the number of positive cases continues to rise, Governor JB Pritzker told a news conference on Thursday.
Arizona is a state “heading in the right direction” with a declining trend since early July, Doug Ducey said.
“This is not a winning round. This is not a celebration. If anything, it is proof that the decisions and sacrifices that Arizonans make work, “Ducey said.
Shelby Lin Erdman, Jennifer Henderson, Haley Brink and Andrea Kane contributed to this report.