“More mitigation is coming. Whether it’s masking, or whether it’s closures, or whether it’s your kids who need to return to virtual learning, it’s coming,” the Trump administration official and WISH / TV Indianapolis Medical Expert told CBS ‘”Face the Nation” on Sunday.
“And it’s coming because this pandemic is once again out of control. And it’s out of control because we do not have enough people vaccinated.”
In 48 states, the number of new Covid-19 cases increased last week by at least 10% over the previous week, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
In 34 of these states, the number of new cases increased by more than 50%.
“What makes this possible is the fact that we are dealing with the most transferable version of Covid-19 that we have seen to date,” said the current US surgeon, General Dr. Vivek Murthy.
So qualified Americans who want to prevent more mask mandates, business closures and a return to distance education must do their part and get vaccinated, said Adams, a Trump official.
“It will help every American enjoy the freedoms that we will return to,” he said.
Vaccine mandates are easier with FDA approval, officials say
“If you want to get a lot of people vaccinated very quickly, you have to get these vaccines licensed,” Adams said. “And then you will see the military make it mandatory, you will see companies make it mandatory.”
Every vaccine available in the United States is FDA approved for emergency use, but they are not yet fully approved.
And the lack of full approval contributes to the vaccine hesitation, he said.
Asked Sunday whether vaccine mandates should be on the table, White House coronavirus coordinator Jeffrey Zients told CNN’s local governments and businesses that any strategy that would make it safe to enter their location, whether it requires vaccines or negative Covid, should be considered. 19-tests.
But he wants the FDA to take its time to thoroughly review applications for approval so the public knows the agency did not “bow to political pressure.”
Dr. Doran Fink of the FDA’s Center for Biology Evaluation and Research said last week that the agency was “working as fast as possible” to review submissions for approval.
Pfizer / BioNTech and Moderna have started their applications for full FDA approval, while Johnson & Johnson have said they intend to submit a license.
Immunocompromised people may be the first to receive an extra dose
But that could change as the data evolves, said Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
If a booster dose of vaccine is needed, people with suppressed immune systems may be the first to get one, Fauci told CNN Sunday.
Those with suppressed immune systems may include transplant patients, those undergoing cancer chemotherapy, people with autoimmune diseases and those taking immunosuppressive drugs, Fauci said.
Within the small percentage of US inpatients Covid-19 patients who were fully vaccinated, a study showed that 44% of them were immunocompromised people.
The CDC and FDA are “exploring more options” for how to make a third-dose Covid-19 vaccine possible for immunocompromised people, if necessary, according to a statement Friday.
“New data shows that there is an improved antibody response after an additional dose of mRNA COVID-19 vaccine in some immunocompromised people,” the CDC said in a statement to CNN on Friday.
“While early data show a potential benefit of administering an additional dose, more evidence is needed to determine the safety and efficacy of immunocompromised humans.”
Those who are immunocompromised and vaccinated against Covid-19 may still wear masks, Murthy said.
Surging Covid-19 numbers
In Florida, state health data shows the positivity of the new case nearly doubles in two weeks, from 7.8% on the week of July 2 to 15.1%.
And Louisiana now has the highest increase in the number of cases per year. Resident of the United States, state officials said Friday.
“We know that more than 80% of these are the Delta variant – that’s what’s causing this increase,” said Gov. John Bel Edwards.
“And what makes the wave possible is a very low percentage of people who have been vaccinated.”
In the rare case that a fully vaccinated person later becomes infected, this infection is likely to result in mild or no symptoms at all, Murthy said.
“If you get a breakthrough infection – which in itself will be unusual – it will be more likely to be mild or asymptomatic,” the surgeon said.
The bottom line? “If you get the vaccine and still get a breakthrough infection, you are close to 100% protected from being hospitalized, becoming seriously ill and dying,” said Dr. Saju Mathew, a primary care physician and specialist in public health.
“What more do you really want from a vaccine?”
This story has been updated with more information about Dr. Adams
CNN’s Melissa Alonso, John Bonifield, Elizabeth Cohen, Deanna Hackney, Chuck Johnston, Lauren Mascarenhas and Alexandra Meeks contributed to this report.