Fauci optimistic vaccines receive full FDA approval within weeks

Fauci optimistic vaccines receive full FDA approval within weeks

Bay Area and California officials are not planning new COVID-19 lockdowns, saying masking, testing and vaccinations are sufficient to avoid disruptive closures of businesses and schools despite the increase in the delta variant. Schools are on the verge of reopening in the Bay Area, but several local restaurants are temporarily closing due to breakthrough cases among vaccinated staff. Some local residents with breakthrough infections have shared their experiences with The Chronicle and reflect on being among the low percentage of people who get sick even when they get their shots.

Latest updates:

Biden supports mandate vaccines for service members: President Biden supported Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin’s demand that all active military members be vaccinated against COVID-19 by September or before. “Secretary Austin and I share an unwavering commitment to ensuring that our troops have all the tools they need to carry out their jobs as safely as possible. Being vaccinated will enable our service members to stay healthy, better protect their families and ensure that our force is ready to operate anywhere in the world, ā€¯Biden said on Monday.

Pentagon says troops must get wax by mid-September: The Pentagon will require members of the U.S. military to be vaccinated against coronavirus by September 15, according to a note obtained by the Associated Press. This deadline may be pushed up if the vaccine receives final FDA approval or the rate of infection continues to increase. “I will seek the President’s approval to make the vaccines mandatory by mid-September or immediately after the ‘Food and Drug Administration’s license, whichever comes first,” Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said in the note to troops.

Judge says Norwegian cruises may require proof of vaccination: A federal judge has temporarily overruled a law in Florida that sought to prevent cruise operators from requiring passengers to prove they have been vaccinated, the Associated Press reported. U.S. District Judge Kathleen Williams ruled that the ban on “vaccine passports” was probably unconstitutional.

New Orleans’ jazz party canceled: With new coronavirus cases on the way up in Louisiana, the organizers of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival – which was to include performances by the Rolling Stones, Dead & Company, Stevie Nicks, Foo Fighters and many others – have canceled the event for the second year in a row . Traditionally held in the spring, it was scheduled to run October 8-10 and October 15-17. Organizers on Sunday cited the “current exponential growth” of new cases in the city and region by announcing that the festival will not take place as planned. Next year’s dates are April 29th-8th. May.

Texas Governor faces backlash over mask ban as COVID cases, hospitalizations rise: Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is facing intense criticism over his decision not to adopt a state-wide masking mandate as new COVID-19 cases and related hospitalizations rise, the New York Times reported. Abbott has also banned local jurisdictions from passing their own masking mandates.

The new employees’ wellness menu for teleworkers: A survey of more than 4,000 people in December found that stress (32%) and weight gain (43%) were the main concerns for employees working from home last year, with 40% of respondents concerned about the lack of social interaction would affect their mental health. Such numbers have led companies to put a premium on employee well-being, from investing in home office setups to finding ways to get people out of their homes, many of which now serve as offices for the foreseeable future. Read the full story.

Fauci Optimistic Vaccines Get Full FDA Approval Within Weeks: Dr. Anthony Fauci said Sunday that he hopes the Food and Drug Administration will give the coronavirus vaccines full approval before the end of the month. Fauci, the White House’s best adviser on infectious diseases, predicted that the potential move would spur a wave of vaccine mandates in the private sector as well as schools and universities. The Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines have so far only been approved in emergencies, but the FDA is expected to give Pfizer full approval soon, the Associated Press reported.

Schools prepare for a wave of students dealing with pandemic influences: Bay Area schools are expected to reopen completely over the coming weeks, with all students entering the classrooms full-time after more than a year, with many mostly learning online. But many will be to blame for the effects of 18 months of stress, anxiety and isolation – while also trying to catch up professionally if they have fallen behind. Education and mental health experts have warned of the devastating impact of the pandemic on young people, citing increasing depression, obesity, anxiety, absenteeism and academic struggles. They believe that teachers and school staff will see a significant drop in months or years to come. Read the full story.

COVID Hospitalization Data
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benefit of vaccination: COVID-19 cases have been shot up in San Francisco as a result of the spread of the extra-contagious delta variant. But data show that not as many San Franciscans are hospitalized because of the virus compared to other U.S. counties with similar transfer rates. What sets San Francisco apart is its unusually high proportion of people vaccinated against coronavirus. A Chronicle analysis showed that among 20 counties with similar levels of community transfer, San Francisco had the highest vaccination rate and among the lowest hospitalizations for COVID-19. See the data and read the whole story.

When will the Bay Area delta wave peak? The fourth wave of the pandemic is likely to peak in the Bay Area late this month or early next, quickly fall off in September and almost certainly not come close to causing the deadly chaos of last winter’s wave. It is health experts’ best guess, based on local and national models, that takes into account how the now dominant delta variant has raged through other countries and how well vaccines hold up against it. Some experts predict that the peak may come in just a few weeks. Others are more gloomy. Read the full story.

Anna Buchmann is a staff writer for the San Francisco Chronicle. Email: anna.buchmann@sfchronicle.com

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