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Wisconsin hospitals claim employee intentionally removed coronavirus vaccine from fridge probed by FBI, FDA – Fox News

Federal authorities are assisting Wisconsin police in their investigation into a hospital employee who was fired for deliberately spoiling 500 doses of the coronavirus vaccine.

An employee at Aurora Medical Center in Grafton admitted that they intentionally removed 57 vials of the Moderna’s vaccine from refrigeration earlier this week.

WISCONSIN HOSPITAL EMPLOYEE ‘INTENTIONALLY’ REMOVED COVID-19 VACCINE FROM REFRIGERATION

In a statement issued late Wednesday, police in Grafton said the FBI and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are “actively” investigating the case alongside the department. 

Advocate Aurora Health previously told Fox News in a statement that it was led to believe that the incident was an accident. However, the employee later “acknowledged that they intentionally removed the vaccine from refrigeration.” 

Aurora said it has fired the employee and referred the matter to the authorities, who were notified late Wednesday evening. 

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Police said no other information would be immediately released and declined to say if any arrests have been made.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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What Scientists Know About How the Coronavirus Variant Spreads – The New York Times

A more contagious form of the coronavirus has begun circulating in the United States.

In Britain, where it was first identified, the new variant became the predominant form of the coronavirus in just three months, accelerating that nation’s surge and filling its hospitals. It may do the same in the United States, exacerbating an unrelenting rise in deaths and overwhelming the already strained health care system, experts warned.

A variant that spreads more easily also means that people will need to religiously adhere to precautions like social distancing, mask-wearing, hand hygiene and improved ventilation — unwelcome news to many Americans already chafing against restrictions.

“The bottom line is that anything we do to reduce transmission will reduce transmission of any variants, including this one,” said Angela Rasmussen, a virologist affiliated with Georgetown University. But “it may mean that the more targeted measures that are not like a full lockdown won’t be as effective.”

What does it mean for this variant to be more transmissible? What makes this variant more contagious than previous iterations of the virus? And why should we worry about a variant that spreads more easily but does not seem to make anyone sicker?

We asked experts to weigh in on the evolving research into this new version of the coronavirus.

Many variants of the coronavirus have cropped up since the pandemic began. But all evidence so far suggests that the new mutant, called B.1.1.7, is more transmissible than previous forms. It first surfaced in September in Britain, but already accounts for more than 60 percent of new cases in London and neighboring areas.

The new variant seems to infect more people than earlier versions of the coronavirus, even when the environments are the same. It’s not clear what gives the variant this advantage, although there are indications that it may infect cells more efficiently.

It’s also difficult to say exactly how much more transmissible the new variant may be, because scientists have not yet done the kind of lab experiments that are required. Most of the conclusions have been drawn from epidemiological observations, and “there’s so many possible biases in all the available data,” cautioned Muge Cevik, an infectious disease expert at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland and a scientific adviser to the British government.

Scientists initially estimated that the new variant was 70 percent more transmissible, but a recent modeling study pegged that number at 56 percent. Once researchers sift through all the data, it’s possible that the variant will turn out to be just 10 to 20 percent more transmissible, said Trevor Bedford, an evolutionary biologist at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle.

Even so, Dr. Bedford said, it is likely to catch on rapidly and become the predominant form in the United States by March. Scientists like Dr. Bedford are tracking all the known variants closely to detect any further changes that might alter their behavior.

The new mutant virus may spread more easily, but in every other way it seems little different than its predecessors.

So far, at least, the variant does not seem to make people any sicker or lead to more deaths. Still, there is cause for concern: A variant that is more transmissible will increase the death toll simply because it will spread faster and infect more people.

“In that sense, it’s just a numbers game,” Dr. Rasmussen said. The effect will be amplified “in places like the U.S. and the U.K., where the health care system is really at its breaking point.”

The routes of transmission — by large and small droplets, and tiny aerosolized particles adrift in crowded indoor spaces — have not changed. That means masks, limiting time with others and improving ventilation in indoor spaces will all help contain the variant’s spread, as these measures do with other variants of the virus.

“By minimizing your exposure to any virus, you’re going to reduce your risk of getting infected, and that’s going to reduce transmission over all,” Dr. Rasmussen said.

Some preliminary evidence from Britain suggests that people infected with the new variant tend to carry greater amounts of the virus in their noses and throats than those infected with previous versions.

“We’re talking in the range between 10-fold greater and 10,000-fold greater,” said Michael Kidd, a clinical virologist at Public Health England and a clinical adviser to the British government who has studied the phenomenon.

There are other explanations for the finding — Dr. Kidd and his colleagues did not have access to information about when in their illness people were tested, for example, which could affect their so-called viral loads.

Still, the finding does offer one possible explanation for why the new variant spreads more easily. The more virus that infected people harbor in their noses and throats, the more they expel into the air and onto surfaces when they breathe, talk, sing, cough or sneeze.

As a result, situations that expose people to the virus carry a greater chance of seeding new infections. Some new data indicate that people infected with the new variant spread the virus to more of their contacts.

With previous versions of the virus, contact tracing suggested that about 10 percent of people who have close contact with an infected person — within six feet for at least 15 minutes — inhaled enough virus to become infected.

“With the variant, we might expect 15 percent of those,” Dr. Bedford said. “Currently risky activities become more risky.”

The variant has 23 mutations, compared with the version that erupted in Wuhan, China, a year ago. But 17 of those mutations appeared suddenly, after the virus diverged from its most recent ancestor.

Each infected person is a crucible, offering opportunities for the virus to mutate as it multiplies. With more than 83 million people infected worldwide, the coronavirus is amassing mutations faster than scientists expected at the start of the pandemic.

The vast majority of mutations provide no advantage to the virus and die out. But mutations that improve the virus’ fitness or transmissibility have a greater chance to catch on.

At least one of the 17 new mutations in the variant contributes to its greater contagiousness. The mechanism is not yet known. Some data suggest that the new variant may bind more tightly to a protein on the surface of human cells, allowing it to more readily infect them.

It’s possible that the variant blooms in an infected person’s nose and throat, but not in the lungs, for example — which may explain why patients spread it more easily but do not develop illnesses more severe than those caused by earlier versions of the virus. Some influenza viruses behave similarly, experts noted.

“We need to look at this evidence as preliminary and accumulating,” Dr. Cevik said of the growing data on the new variant.

Still, the research so far suggests an urgent need to cut down on transmission of the variant, she added: “We need to be much more careful over all, and look at the gaps in our mitigation measures.”

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Florida breaks record with 17,000+ coronavirus cases in one day – Tampa Bay Times

Florida recorded more than 17,000 coronavirus cases Thursday, capping off a year that brought more than a million cases of the virus to Florida and left hundreds of thousands dead nationwide. It is the largest single-day increase in COVID-19 cases Florida has seen.

The Florida Department of Health announced 17,192 cases Thursday, bringing the total to 1,323,315 since the first publicly announced infection in March. The weekly case average increased to about 12,702 cases announced per day.

Over the summer, Florida shattered national records when it recorded more than 15,000 cases in one day. Since then, only California and Texas have reported higher single-day increases.

On Wednesday about 166,000 tests were processed, resulting in a daily positivity rate of 11.57 percent, according to state data which is updated and reported every 24 hours.

“The number we’re getting now is probably an underestimate of the disease,” said Dr. Marissa Levine, a professor of public health and family medicine at the University of South Florida.

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Levine said some cases may never be counted by state officials because testing is just not widespread enough. She said she anticipates increases in coronavirus-related hospitalizations and deaths next. With Florida’s lax restrictions, Levine said “it’s just a matter of time” until a variant strain of the coronavirus is identified here, as it was earlier this week in California and Colorado.

Jason Salemi, a professor of epidemiology at USF who updates his own data dashboard, warned people not to be too concerned by what happens in a single day compared to a trend, but said the trends itself were concerning, with numbers increasing since Thanksgiving. Of particular concern, he said, is the pronounced increase in cases of those over 65 years old.

“When community spread is as high as it’s been, it makes it very difficult to protect the vulnerable,” he said. “The best way is to prevent community spread. …After the summer surge, that’s when we saw people participate in mitigatory behavior and that’s when the numbers went down.”

Jay Wolfson, senior associate dean of USF’s Morsani College of Medicine, said he doesn’t anticipate numbers improving before February.

“There’s an awful lot of gray, if not dark, news out there,” he said. “But it’s come at a time when some really hard work has created some light at the end of the tunnel that is real: that is the vaccines.”

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Health officials also logged 133 deaths from the virus Thursday. Statewide, 21,990 people have died. The weekly death average increased to about 117 people announced dead per day.

The nation also reported record breaking deaths this week. The United States tracked a record high daily COVID-19 death toll Wednesday, topping the peak reached just a day earlier. More than 3,740 peopled died of coronavirus Wednesday, up from 3,725 Tuesday, according to Johns Hopkins University’s tracker.

“Now is the time to become even more diligent and focused,” Wolfson said. “Folks are going to have to be patient. Even though there’s going to be that light behind us, that’s the train from Thanksgiving and Christmas and New Year’s.”

Related: ‘Absolute chaos:’ Floridians want coronavirus vaccine answers

Vaccinations: As of Thursday, 211,165 people in Florida have been vaccinated against the coronavirus. It increased by 35,700 people from Wednesday.

In Hillsborough County, 13,562 people have been vaccinated; in Pinellas, 13,559; in Polk, 3,248; in Manatee, 3,298; in Pasco, 4,259; in Hernando, 1,462; and in Citrus, 905.

Miami-Dade and Broward counties have vaccinated the most people so far, followed by Orange, then Hillsborough and Pinellas counties.

The rollout of the vaccine has been a slow and confusing process for many in Florida. Gov. Ron DeSantis said last week that residents 65 and older can get the vaccine, but many have struggled to find information on when and where they can sign up to do so.

If more people are hospitalized because of COVID-19, Levine said that stress on the hospital system could affect the rollout of vaccines.

“If the health care system is overwhelmed, it impacts the ability to adequately and efficiently vaccinate,” she said.

Salemi said he hopes news of the vaccine does not make people less vigilant.

“We’re a long way from the vaccine doing the work for us,” he said.

Hospitalizations: About 6,320 people are hospitalized with a primary diagnosis of coronavirus statewide, according to the Agency for Health Care Administration. About 1,300 are in the Tampa Bay area.

Cases that led to a hospitalization increased by 366 admissions.

Statewide, about 22 percent of hospital beds and 18 percent of intensive care unit beds were available. In Tampa Bay, about 20 percent of hospital beds and 16 percent of ICU beds were available. Tampa General Hospital and regional Medical Center Bayonet Point in Pasco County had only a handful of ICU beds available as of Thursday morning.

Positivity: Florida’s average weekly positivity rate is about 11 percent, according to Johns Hopkins University. It increased after Christmas holiday closures, which led to a dip in testing.

When positivity is too high, it indicates there isn’t enough widespread testing to capture and stop the spread of mild and asymptomatic cases. The World Health Organization set a recommendation for a 5 percent positivity rate or below before loosening movement restrictions. Only five states and the District of Columbia meet that recommendation, according to the university.

Local numbers: Tampa Bay added 3,150 coronavirus cases and 34 deaths Thursday.

Manatee County reported 11 deaths, Polk had seven, Citrus had five, Pinellas had four, Hillsborough and Hernando counties had three each and Pasco reported one.

Polk County leads the area with an average weekly positivity rate of 16 percent, followed by Hillsborough at 14 percent, Citrus, Hernando and Pasco at 13 percent and Manatee and Pinellas at 10 percent. Positivity rates increased as testing dropped due to Christmas closures.

Levine urged people to behave responsibly, especially over the New Year’s holiday. She said it’s likely Florida will see a continued high rate of disease in the coming weeks because of holiday season.

“It’s not the time to assume we can just drop our guard,” Levine said. “Our guard needs to be up and it needs to be even higher up than before.”

As of the latest count, Hillsborough has 77,118 cases and 1,078 deaths; Pinellas has 44,975 cases and 1,056 deaths; Polk has 37,403 cases and 795 deaths; Manatee has 22,332 cases and 438 deaths; Pasco has 21,932 cases and 379 deaths; Hernando has 7,336 cases and 280 deaths; and Citrus has 6,663 cases and 268 deaths.

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WHO approves Pfizers coronavirus vaccine for emergency use – Fox News

The World Health Organization (WHO) approved Pfizer and BioNTech’s coronavirus vaccine for emergency use on Thursday.

The vaccine, which goes by the name Comirnaty, is the first coronavirus vaccine to be approved by the agency and added to its Emergency Use Listing (EUL), according to the announcement

WHO’s emergency use authorization follows the vaccine’s approval by the U.S. FDA on Dec. 11 and the European Commission on Dec. 21.

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By adding the vaccine to the WHO’s Emergency Use Listing, the agency made it easier for countries to “expedite their own regulatory approval processes to import and administer the vaccine,” the announcement said.

The EUL also allows UNICEF and the Pan-American Health Organization to obtain and distribute the vaccine to countries in need.

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In Thursday’s announcement, Dr. Mariângela Simão, WHO’s Assistant-Director General for Access to Medicines and Health Products, underlined the need for worldwide access to the vaccine.

“This is a very positive step towards ensuring global access to COVID-19 vaccines,” Simão said. “But I want to emphasize the need for an even greater global effort to achieve enough vaccine supply to meet the needs of priority populations everywhere.”

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“WHO and our partners are working night and day to evaluate other vaccines that have reached safety and efficacy standards,” Simão added. “We encourage even more developers to come forward for review and assessment. It’s vitally important that we secure the critical supply needed to serve all countries around the world and stem the pandemic.” 

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WHO did not specify what role, if any, the vaccine’s approval might play in its COVAX strategy, which is aimed at providing access to COVID-19 vaccines in developing countries. However, the agency did say that the vaccine is under policy review. 

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WHO’s Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Immunization will be formulating “vaccine specific policies and recommendations” for the Pfizer and BioNTech vaccine in the new year, according to the announcement. 

The agency will also be helping countries that don’t have ready access to ultra-cold chain equipment, since the vaccine must be stored at -60°C to -90°C degrees.

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UPDATE: Hamilton Countys COVID-19 vaccination site sees enormo – WRCB-TV

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Under new guidance by the Tennessee Department of Health, residents ages 75 and older were able to get it beginning on Thursday, but several people in line told Channel 3 the wait was more than four hours. 

Thursday, December 31st 2020, 10:41 AM EST by WRCB Staff & Joi Dukes

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New Covid-19 Strain Found in China – The Wall Street Journal

The highly contagious new strain of Covid-19 discovered recently in the U.K. has now reached China, according to researchers there.

Chinese researchers detected the new strain in a woman who was tested upon arrival at an airport in Shanghai on Dec. 14 after a flight from the U.K., according to an official publication dated Wednesday.

The Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s publication CCDC Weekly said the case was “the first imported (U.K.) variant in China and poses a great potential threat to the prevention and control of COVID-19 in China.”

CCDC Weekly said the 23-year-old woman had tested negative for Covid-19 two days before her flight to China. Later sequencing of her positive test revealed it was different from a small outbreak of cases in Shanghai in November and the strains from Wuhan, where Covid-19 was first found.

The patient’s case of Covid-19 was diagnosed as mild, the paper said, noting that several control measures were taken to isolate the woman and identify those who sat near her or dealt with her on the flight.

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South Carolina Daily COVID-19 Update (December 31, 2020) – SCDHEC

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
December 31, 2020

 

COLUMBIA, S.C. — As first announced Nov. 21, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) will not report daily COVID-19 numbers on New Year’s Day. Data that would be reported January 1 will be available online the following day.

Additionally, while DHEC will continue to provide daily COVID-19 updates on the agency’s webpage, beginning Jan. 2, 2021, the same information that’s provided at scdhec.gov/COVID19 will no longer be reported out in a duplicative news release. DHEC will publicly announce on its social media platforms when the webpage was been updated with new COVID-19 data for the day. The exact same information that has been presented in daily news release is available on the main COVID-19 webpage that will continue to be updated each day.

DHEC will continue to issue news releases announcing new and important information about the state’s COVID-19 response and will continue to keep South Carolinians updated on the most current and factual information. For the latest information regarding COVID-19 vaccine, scdhec.gov/vaxfacts.

South Carolina Daily COVID-19 Update (December 31, 2020)

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) today announced the following COVID-19 updates. 

Today’s cases and deaths (scdhec.gov/COVID19)

Cumulative totals (scdhec.gov/COVID19)

  • Confirmed and probable cases: 283,424/24,083
  • Confirmed and probable deaths: 4,885/411
  • Tests performed for South Carolinians: 3,663,351

Testing opportunities (scdhec.gov/COVID19testing)

  • Testing opportunities available statewide: 280

Percent positive (scdhec.gov/COVID19dashboard)

  • 10,369 individual test results reported statewide yesterday (not including antibody tests)
  • 31.2% percent positive

Facility reports

The information above as well as extensive reporting on county-level information, demographics and more is available at scdhec.gov/COVID19. The website is updated between 1 p.m.-3 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m.-1 p.m. weekends. Visit scdhec.gov/COVID19vaccine for the latest vaccine information.

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Faucis 2021 COVID forecast: School reopenings, vaccines – Los Angeles Times

It’s been a grim December, and January is looking to be just as bleak as the coronavirus continues to ravage both California and the nation.

In a conversation broadcast online Wednesday, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the U.S. government’s top infectious diseases expert, talked to Gov. Gavin Newsom about why has the pandemic been so hard to control in California and across the U.S.

But he also offered some hope for the future, outlining his latest estimate on when things might get back to a semblance of normalcy and whether schools can reopen safely.

Here are some of Fauci’s thoughts on what 2021 might look like:

Fauci said the coronavirus acts very differently from the flu when it comes to children.

With the coronavirus, children seem to have lower levels of infection than the broader community.

“That was almost counterintuitive, but it’s turning out to be that way,” Fauci said.

“What we should do is to do everything to support the maintenance of the children in school. … If you really want to get society back to some form of normality, one of the first things we have to do is to get the children back in school.”

Vaccines for broader public to be distributed in late spring, early summer

Initial distribution of the vaccine to the top priority group, including healthcare workers and people in nursing homes, has been slower than initially promised. But Fauci said there’s a sense that by January, there will be greater momentum and that the pace of inoculations will accelerate.

Before the general public receives the vaccine, though, there are other priority groups who are next in line. It will likely be the end of March or the beginning of April before the vaccine is available to everyone.

At that point, the race will be on to get as many people vaccinated through the spring and summer, with the goal to have everyone vaccinated by the time cooler weather arrives next fall.

‘Strong semblance of normality’ by early autumn — if enough people get vaccinated

If the U.S. is diligent about getting many people vaccinated between April and July, “I believe … by the time we get to the early fall, we will have enough good herd immunity to be able to really get back to some strong semblance of normality — schools, theaters, sports events, restaurants. I believe if we do it correctly, we will be there by the early fall,” Fauci said.

No one really knows what percentage of the population needs to be immunized to interrupt the spread of the virus, Fauci said. He guessed it would be somewhere between 70% and 85%.

“If you have the opportunity to get vaccinated, please get vaccinated,” Fauci said. “It’s a safe and it’s a highly efficacious vaccine that could save your life, the life of your family and the community.

“So I believe with those two things — adherence to the kind of things that you’ve been talking about in California, the public health measures, and as we gradually get more and more people vaccinated, we’re going to be looking at this thing in the rearview mirror,” Fauci told Newsom.

Failure to contain coronavirus would be disastrous for economy

Some people think of the business restrictions implemented to control the pandemic as too high a price to pay. But Fauci said the pandemic needs to be controlled in order to allow the economy to get back to normal.

“We need to use public health measures — as a vehicle, a gateway, a tool — to get the economy back. It isn’t the economy versus public health. It’s public health bridging you to getting the economy back,” Fauci said.

The economy will reopen “when you get the level of infection down,” Fauci said. “And the only way you’re going to get the level of infection down before the vaccine kicks in is by the public health measures that you have been talking about.”

Fauci also looked back at the challenges of 2020. Here are some key points:

Asymptomatic spread of the virus makes this pandemic far harder to control

The initial information coming out of China in late 2019 about the coronavirus was misleading, Fauci said.

Initially, the word was that the virus did not efficiently transmit between humans, which ended up being wrong. Then, the word was that it was mostly being transmitted by people who were visibly sick.

The sobering reality was that even people without visible symptoms were transmitting the virus.

“That, to me, is something that was the game-changer,” Fauci said. “Because you can’t just test people who are with symptoms, because you’re going to miss the asymptomatic people.”

Second, it meant that mask wearing became very important. “If you don’t know who’s infected, then everybody should be wearing a mask, which is the real fundamental rationale for saying we need universal and uniform wearing of masks,” Fauci said.

Wide range of outcomes — from no symptoms to death — made it too easy to dismiss the virus

Fauci said he’s never seen a virus like this one, where 40% of those infected have no symptoms at all, while 20% to 25% get symptoms so severe they may need hospitalization or die.

“The mystery of how you can have so many people who have no symptoms, and so many people who get seriously impacted, is one of the reasons why we have a messaging difficulty,” Fauci said. “Because most of the people who do well are young people, and they say, ‘What do I got to worry about?’ … So they say to themselves, ‘Why do I need to interrupt my life?’ ”

But that sentiment has had serious consequences and has been a factor in the worst death toll of any nation in the world — more than 335,000 deaths. And public health activities such as mask wearing became politicized.

In Los Angeles County, the cumulative COVID-19 death toll of more than 10,000 is now triple the cumulative death toll from the flu in the last flu season, which was 3,133.

This has been the most politicized public health crisis in modern U.S. history

The best public health messages are consistent and simple. But the coronavirus pandemic has become so politically divisive that it’s been very difficult to have a consistent public health message, Fauci said.

It has even been worse than the efforts to raise awareness of HIV and AIDS, public health crises that political leaders failed to pay enough attention to in their early years. “It wasn’t anything like the divisiveness that we’re seeing right now, which really makes implementation of public health measures and public health messaging very difficult,” Fauci said.

U.S. should have done much better in controlling the pandemic

Asked by Newsom whether he expected the U.S. would be dealing with a national death toll exceeding 335,000, Fauci admitted he had thought the U.S. would be in a much better place by now.

Even when New York was being hit hard in the late winter and early spring of 2020, Fauci expected that the nation would push coronavirus levels down and that public health officials would figure out how to contain flareups.

But the U.S. never got to a low baseline, Fauci said. Too many states abandoned stay-at-home orders too early, so when the cooler weather came with the arrival of fall, “we just went right off the roof,” Fauci said.

“What surprised me and really disappointed me so much was that I thought if we would get down to a really, really low baseline, as we had these individual little blips, we could do identification, isolation and contact tracing, and we’d be in good shape,” Fauci said.

“The only trouble is, when you have … 100,000 community cases on a given day, it makes it almost impossible to do effective identification, isolation and contact tracing,” he said. “So we’ve been hit badly, and unfortunately, California is hit right now currently as bad as anybody, if not worse.”

We should be doing even more testing

As we look ahead, Fauci said we should be looking at flooding schools and congregate living settings with testing, particularly with so-called antigen tests that are easier to process and can be used widely in settings such as schools.

“If we just very, very much utilize that testing — in schools for teachers, even ultimately, for the students, intermittently — you could get a good feel for what the penetrance of infection is and you can do something about it,” Fauci said.

“We should put much more emphasis on community-type of surveillance testing, so that you get a feel for where you are — where you are with schools, with prisons, with nursing homes. That’s the way to go,” Fauci said. Because the virus is often transmitted by people with no signs of illness, “you’re not going to get them by only testing people with symptoms.”

Colleges that have implemented this kind of routine testing have found this approach successful in maintaining a low level of virus transmission, he said. That’s because this approach identifies virus-positive people early and sends them into isolation until they recover, rather than allowing the virus to become so widespread that officials are forced to shut the campus down.

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Why coronavirus vaccine distribution is slower than expected – CBS News

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