tv Dr. Fauci Virginia Gov. Northam Discuss COVID-19 Response CSPAN January 9, 2021 4:06am-5:15am EST
[inaudible] who of corn are needed his efforts and to minister to the summoning obligation. [inaudible] that they would be made both in full. [inaudible] [inaudible] well good afternoon, my name is doctor janice underwood and i serve as virgin as chief security officer. in the commonwealth. [inaudible] what gum to an extended faith in facts friday.
[inaudible] the governor's office of diversity. [inaudible] partnership with the office of health equity at the virginia department of health and the vcu cancer center. this lake live conversation is more important than ever. as virginia comes together in support of our one virginia and the public health crisis. which i might add. [inaudible] including and especially after the events of january 6th. will everyone to know that virginia is committed to being part of the national dialogue for healing and reconciliation. the governor's office of diversity, equity,. [inaudible] since the first week of march 2022 addressed the
impact of this disease on underserved communities. with so much disparity across many immunities, we know we must trust and ensure equitable access to the public for the vaccine and give it to everyone. these are very difficult conversations and our administration is committed to helping out every virginian and help mitigate out the threat of covid-19. so often you hear that diversity and other people don't trust government, healthcare, government, will in virginia we understand and we know there are historical reasons for this justifiable mistrust. therefore, we are shifting this narrative and start doing the work to earn the trust level communities. especially those who have been harmed with history. our health equity task force, the first of its kind in this nation, has captured critical
data needed to form the virginia unified command and how to spread equity and decision-making. beep leveraged the data. [inaudible] committee testing and public health information in coordination with the virginia department of health. known a lot mortgage relief, support for our pre-k 16 partners and so much more. because we know it takes all of us together to build that system for such a difficult year for state and country. for us to stand together we will help get vaccines out and working. [inaudible] to agree to hold important town halls to reach over thousand virginia residents.
[inaudible] the prayer vigil over the summer. just a few weeks ago representing all the commonwealth of virginia to have important conversations as to the one for today with doctor anthony fauci. the nation's most trusted expert on covid-19. so much planning has gone into making this happen. so that we can bring you about information about the vaccine from the most educated person. we went to earn your trust, so pleased enjoy today's conversation and in the meantime thank you virginians for all the sacrifices you've made to get us this moment, together we'll get through this crisis. in the meantime, wash your hands often, where mass, stay home if and when you can, and only get your information from trusted medical sources like
the cdc, your care provider, the virginia department of health and emergency management, and doctor fauci. we know that already many fraudulent fancying things are going on. so please be on guard there are folks out there that will use this moment for their personal gain. so let's jump in and have a great conversation. if you're ready let's go i had the distinct honor of introducing our next speaker, governor rupp dorsum. during a very difficult moment in our history the government's experience as a doctor, business owner, and former lieutenant governor of the commonwealth of virginia. but we had we would always should.to the leadership of a doctor in a public health crisis in the divers office. he's the 73rd governor of virginia and has a hunger for helping all people.
especially those who have been marginalized and underrecognized. no no odd please welcome the 73d governor,. >> good afternoon and thank you so much doctor underwood for that kind introduction. i hope all of you are safe and healthy and you know this is an exciting day for a couple of reasons. first of all, doctor anthony found jesus friends, health expert to we can and have all come to know and trust. we are so excited that he is here with us today. i'm looking forward to talking and hearing more about the vaccine. finally, there's hope in light at the end of a long dark tunnel. i want to think everyone involved in this event today,
and doctor robert nguyen, a member of our safe health equity working group and the director of the vcu cancer center. he is the only african-american a director of in and see i designated cancer center in the entire nation. we are so grateful to have his leadership right here in the commonwealth of virginia. i also want to welcome doctor presidents ralph. thank you so much for your leadership, and your help. doctor underwood, are commonwealth diversity officer. [inaudible] [inaudible] and all the safe community leaders who are with us this afternoon. this has definitely been as doctor underwood said a team
effort and we are proud of our team. and proud of virginia. and again i want to thank and welcome doctor fauci for joining us today. doctor fauci, i just want you to know that because of you have had my own doctor fauci facemas facemask. as a doctor myself, have been so grateful to doctor fauci for his study science -based, factual leadership during this pandemic. it has been a long and difficult process forever. the covid-19 pandemic has literally turned all of our lives upside down. thousands of virginians, and americans have lost their lives. many more have lost jobs and livelihoods, businesses that they built and even more.
many don't know if and where their next meal is coming from. children and their families have suffered. and everyone that suffered from the isolation, fear, answer uncertainty. the development of vaccines against this virus or a marvel of science and international caulk cooperation. it is nothing short of amazing. that we have is vaccines in such a short period of time. i want to be clear, that while the vaccines have been developed quickly that is because the smartest and most talented scientists have worked around-the-clock. and because governments have reduced red tape. no one has cut any corners. vaccines do not give you the disease. instead, they spare your body to produce antibodies to the
disease. as matter of fact, this vaccine does not use a live or transmitted virus. you will not get covid from the vaccine. scientists know how to create vaccines that work and are safe. so i have no has a mission about taking this vaccine when my turn comes. and i hope everyone watching today will do at the same. and urge their friends and family to get vaccinated too. that is our only real way out of this pandemic. we must get a large majority of the population vaccinated and the sooner the better. now, i know that news reports say that vaccine rollout hasn't gone as quickly as planned. but both here, in virginia and nationally, but this is also the biggest vaccination program we have seen in our lifetimes. we have two vaccines now, with
more expected later. and both need to be kept cold. the logistics are incredibly complex and so are the sheer numbers. right now, virginia is getting about 110,000 doses of vaccine a week. between the pfizer and moderna vaccines. but we have 8.5 million people, and both of those vaccines require two doses spaced out. now, we expect to see our weekly vaccine allocation ramp up as production increases. this week i have asked of 25,000 vaccinations a day. and we expect to increase that goal as we get more supply. as you know i have put richmond and reiko health director danny opal the in charge of coordinating all of this. and i've urged our vaccinate her's to get vaccine into arms
as fast as they can. but it is still going to take some time, to get everyone who wants the vaccine we are committed to getting there as expeditiously and equitably as possible. and i vote, the majority of virginians will get vaccinated. the vaccine is the way to stop this virus. it's our path forward to recovery. and it is the clearest way we are going to get back to something that feels like normal. i hope our faith leaders and all our community leaders to today will be stronger partners this effort. you are trusted leaders in your communities and you can be a huge help the work getting the word out that vaccines are safe and that people should take them. i know that many people are worried because of the vaccine, because of the past
experiments and medical practices done on people of color. i understand that. i can't change the past. but i can say that we are working hard to earn trust in diverse communities and we do that by listening to our residents and getting facts and information on these vaccines to people in all communities. especially committees with justifiable mistrust, to help answer questions and give reassurance that the vaccine is safe to take. we need everyone's help in this effort. so i am so excited to hear from docr fauci today and i know all of you are too. i am again so grateful for his leadership these past months. and i'm glad he's going to continue his wonderful work in the new biden administration to lead in our recovery.
doctor fauci, thank you. for making the time to join us today and welcome to the commonwealth of virginia, and thanks again to vcu and our health equity working group for making this event possible. happy new year exhalation.and stay safe and healthy. >> thank you governor so much for your remarks. and we will now transition to hear from our next speaker president val will he be introducing doctor nguyen. are you there? >> yes i'm here. >> excellent. >> okay. governor northam thank you very much for all of those kind words. and thank you for your continued partnership with all
of us. i'm also pleased to join in here and in welcome doctor fauci. he is the doctor of allergy and infectious disease but he's become an icon of our allergy and infectious disease. what an incredible experienced and calming voice and we really appreciate your calming voice and for providing so much leadership at some is factual and very helpful information through the hiv aids crisis. a lot of people don't remember that but it's an important time. he's kept us well informed and in biased and the time that the advents and circumstances and they really have been and will continue to be unpredictable and certain densely unprecedented. it's an honor to have you doctor fauci, we this is a
long way from when you delivered people's prescriptions from your parents pharmacy. but were delighted that you're here and were delighted that you are a part of part of this important discussion. i had the honor of introducing my colleague who is really my key partner here. you're vcu. he is the director of vcu's cancer center. i'm so proud of him and he is here for all of our patients, he's really here for our community. and that's what university like vcu, that is a safety net hospital, it is a major research university that they take pride in its commitment to access for anyone who could benefit from this major research university. it's connecting to our communities and that's what people really want. and the other we all have to
remain aware of is we are educating the next generation of providers and health care and many fields. and i have to tell you and connect into the communities is really really important. so beyond covid, more people are dying from cancer because they're not getting the care they need to. i think it is fair to say that more people of color are dying once again distant proportionally because are not in the care they need. if there's not a lot of information about what they have and the extent of which they're dealing with. in the context of cancer or cardiovascular disease, or really even so many of the other issues that people face with metabolic disorders. how serious is that versus covert? well pretty serious and were saying that the number of people are dying and i
literally choke when i say that. because it's so hurtful to all of us because we live to keep people alive. his and under his leadership continue to think about everybody with cancer and how we need to reach and treat her patients we certainly have made great progress and we're very proud of rob and all of my colleagues at vcu's massey cancer center. rob is really our lead. to the national institutes of health, the national cancer institute, comprehensive status that is so important to our ability to really expand in the care that we provide so many people here in the commonwealth. we've got to find ways to serve all of her patients. we've got to eliminate health disparities interest is the most important way to do that. and connecting to work
committees with that trust is really key to that. so, rob, it's my honor to introduce you and i know you will give a more proper introduction to doctor fauci. >> thank you guys, and thank you presidents. i have to say that if it's okay with you doctor fauci, we've come to agreement that we would like to rename the this day from facts based friday to fax phase fauci. if that's okay with you sir? i think that we are really all excited about you being here and we really do believe this is an effort between science and like the governor i too have mask that says at the end the day science will triumph. i believe that. i want to start off by thinking the great people of
the commonwealth. the men and women who show bravery every day. who show up at our grocery stores and icus. i also want to think governor northam for his strong leadership. really doing a very difficult time and i know it can't be easy to be governor because he's had to make some unpopular decisions. but those unpopular decisions have i believe, saved hundreds if not thousands of lives in the commonwealth. i also would like to think members of his team, doctor janice underwood, nelson who from the health disparities perspective have kept the light and shone the light without fail and without wavering. as well as doctor moll of her, the commissioner of health in virginia who has been a great partner as well as well as doctor carrie he was her secretary of health and human services here in the state of virginia. i would be remiss if i left out folks like danny hula, mayor stony, delegate dolores
maclean, representative state senator: as well as the entire black caucus who from time to time actually really were the group that found the courage when my needs were weak and sort of making statements and making sure that our people and our committees are safe. i can't go another moment without thinking president michael rall who i feel that i will brag on him and no matter whenever i get a chance. because i do believe that he is one of the top university presidents in the country. one of the few that i know that believe that the generation of new knowledge in science and creation and do drugs is important. and that these things are impacting the commute and if it's not it's of little value. so when the thank you presidents and i also want to thank vice president, and executive ceo, art telemann who has brought a level of not only energy, but really is our
moral compass are road northstar if you will. about doing good in the community. and peter buckley, who was the dean of the college of medicine. for their continued support of my not only developing new science, but they have been as equally supportive of my engaging the community. for their help. and i don't take that for granted. that they are pushed from either to develop new science also but there pushed for me to have that science impact the communities is something that i really value. my other colleagues doctor kevin harris doctor kathern ptosis, doctor vanessa shepard, cheryl garland, i would just thank them for their continued everyday support since this thing began. but most of all, i really want to think pastor gray, sister dean, and all the members of
the fact phase friday group. for allowing me to have a front row seat and understanding what true courage commitment due to trips and community looks like. at moments alive become weak and very frustrated they have remained my beacon of light and hope. what example of that grace is what were doing right now. the original plan doctor fauci, what work to have you meet probably several hundred of us that typically meet every week. we've been meeting every week since march. it was this group, the affect faith in friday group that felt compelled to open this up because they believe as we look at communities that user, our actual up beacon of truth and a ray of light for all of us. they believe that it is important yes that you share this moment with this and that
you share with many others. the example move me in a way that like i couldn't deny and i reached out as soon as i could. you know to doctor underwood, secretary carey, and said we should partner. thank goodness we've actually have this partnership. i want to tell you that you meant a lot to probably a lot to more people than you know. and we can certainly talk about your career, your esteemed career, as an early researcher. your appointment in 1984 to the national institute of allergy and infectious disease. we can certainly talk about your extensive research and can your extensive impact on not only hiv-aids, not only that united states but globally, but the impact you've had on us what term be your locus, malaria, and zika. importantly, you've actually
served and advised six presidents. with hiv-aids as well as many other domestic and global health issues. and you are the principal architect of the president's emergency plan for aids relief. a program that has really phased millions throughout the developing world and actually in so if our poor neighborhoods here. doctor fauci made us want to let you know how appreciative that we are that you are here. that for many of us you have demonstrated the courage, the commitment to truth, and the level of grace that serves as a role model for all of us. and again, and my trying times, the times when i've gotten week the times when i've second-guessed, the times i've been frustrated, we've looked to you again and said, ray of hope. and that shining lights i just want to say thank you from the
fact phase faith friday group. from the pastor from sister dean and from all of us from fact-based faith-based friday. if they use diversity in the state of virginia we welcome you, and i'm going to yield to the floor because i know they're not here to hear me but they are here sir to hear you. but i just wanted to get my 2 cents about how much we respect and trust you. not only in an african-american committee, but well beyond. we have admired your commitment, courage and certainly your focus and commitment on truth. so thank you dr. anthony fauci. >> thank you doctor nguyen. and thank you governor northam and president route. it's really a great pleasure to be here if you today to talk to you about covid-19 vaccines and how they are progressing and their priorities. i'm gonna give a little background of why i feel it so important for people to get vaccinated particulate brown and black people because of
the reasons i'm going to be talking about. in my presentation and obviously be happy to hang happy to answer any questions afterwards. let's take a look at the scope of the problem as of yesterday, there are now close to 90 million cases of covid-19 worldwide with almost 2 million deaths. this now as a global pandemic is the worst that the world has seen in the hundred and two years since the infamous pandemic of 1918. unfortunately for us here, in the united states, we are the worst hit country in the world. with over 20 million cases, and close to 360,000 deaths. if one looks at this virtually every day, particularly now, as we are in the cold season where people do things indoors
and were just coming off traveling in the congregating and in social settings of the holiday season virtually every day another record is broke. just yesterday, a record for deaths in a given day 4,111 deaths occurred in the united states due to covid-19. there were 280,000 new cases and over a hundred and 50,000 hospitalizations. if we look at the surge of cases we can see that right now, on the right-hand part of the slide in the late fall, the slope of the curve of increased cases on a daily basis show you that in the early spring when this cases were dominated by the northeast. particularly the metropolitan area of new york, then in early summer as we try to open
up the country because of the economic considerations. and then now with that sharp increases that leads to the record numbers that i mentioned a bit ago. one of the extraordinary aspects of this pandemic of the is the racial and ethnic disparities that the most per se pervasive being per served in black and brown people. african americans, latino and latina, american indians, alaskan natives, and pacific islanders. now, one needs to look at why this is the case. what i call a binary nature of covid-19 and covid health of spirit elites disparities along racial lines. this increase in incidence of sars and kobe to infections in minority popular is and there's a predisposition once
you get infected. so let's take a look at why until it and there's an increased incidence. if one looks at the general, and there's always dangers to generalize, but here think it's informative. because in general, when you look at the occupations and living conditions of black and brown people and often puts them in a situation out in the community not generally handling to carry out their work looking at a computer screen the way that i'm doing right now. but it often puts them in a position that means they have to interact in the community in a person-to-person way which leads to the spread of a respiratory borne illness. so.number one, as there is an increased incidence of infection. .number two once infected, there's a predisposition to
get severe covid-19 disease. and why is that? because there is increased incidence and prevalence of the comorbidities that are associated with severe covid-19 disease that lead to the increased situation where you are more likely going to be seriously ill, hospitalized in intensive care, and death. so it's really what i would refer to as the common clue be a language of a double wee army against black and brown people. in the data show this to be true. this that we can look at for the rate of hundred thousand people populations in the hospital. comparing black, brown, native american, two white, non- hispanics. the extraordinary difference in hospitalizations per hundred thousand people. taking black alone, 564 per
hundred thousand compared to whites, 184. when one looks at the deaths of these individuals hundred and 32 per hundred thousand compared to 81 among the whites. again, an extraordinary disparity for the reasons i mentioned. now, the nih research on coronavirus is divided into multiple components. therapeutic, diagnostic, natural history, basic research, the one for gonna talk about today importantly is vaccines. i will tell you a little story about how this occurred and why we have the vaccines that we have right now. it has to do with the history of the national institute valerie valerie infectious disease vaccine research center. way back in it was mentioned earlier that during my years,
which i'm still very much involved with hiv-aids, and december of 1996 president clinton and vice president gore invited me to the white house. they wanted to discuss aids research and here i am in the oval office, discussing this with then president bill clinton. and in the discussion, he asked why we didn't have a vaccine? had i explained, we really needed the vaccine research center where investigative multiple disciplines, basic researchers, clinical researchers, people who understand immunology, virology, structural biology, could all work together and through his to his great credit he listen to me. and when he was giving commencement address only five months later, at morgan state in baltimore, he said today and pleased to announce that the nih will establish a new aids vaccine reacher's center dedicated to this crusade. so what i did, i recruited
from all over the country the very best people representing every single discipline that is important in the development of vaccines. from basic research to clinical trials, one of them is the person in the upper left-hand corner named doctor barney graham. but he was interested in a bunch of other diseases, and because of the fact that they were so good at what they did they began making vaccines for a variety of other diseases. including, as shown on this yellow highlights, coronavirus is. which is the virus that is now causing covid-19. now, is barney graham now i want people to understand that one of the important scientists who was a student of doctor graham, mister corbett was one of the people involved in the development of a very important component of
the mode dare not visor and other vaccines. and that is, shown here on the right-hand side is that spike protein which gives the virus on the left the light blue spike sticking out which gives it the appearance of a crown. and that is the reason why we call it coronavirus. of course corona means crown. but it is understanding how one can immunize people with that spike protein that allows us to have a successful vaccines that we have now. we at nih have taken a strategic approach by either developing as i mentioned just a moment ago, or facilitating the testing of a group six and number of vaccines that we hope will ultimately be successful in protecting people against sars-cov-2. we did that through an
organization called operation warp speed, which is a collaboration between the health of human services and the department of defense. at h ace s it is nih my group, the cdc, the biomedical advanced research and medical development agency, and the assistant secretary for prevention of response. and what we did, is that we harmonize the protocols so that the endpoints were the same, the clinical trial units collaborated, that were the same, the people who judge the safety of and efficacy which we call the data and safety monitoring board was common and the statistical plan was common. these are the vaccines that you're reading about in the newspapers every day. the ones that are the furthest advanced or the mrna, don't buy moderna and pfizer. and i'll get to that in a moment. the others are ones that are
lined up now, and you will hear about them soon, probably within the next couple of weeks. the johnson & johnson, astrazeneca, nova vax, and stood off he. the one that is out there now, that we are vaccinating people with is the messenger rna vaccine approach. people ask mrna is is going to interfere with my jeans? absolutely not! what it is, it isn't mrna which is a genetic component that codes for, or instructs the body to make certain proteins. and in this case, the protein is that this broke i protein that you want the body to make an immune response against. so you inject someone with that in a very safe way, the body starts pumping out these protein proteins, your immune system recognizes that protein, and you make a very
nice immune response. and in fact, the two companies pfizer and moderna, that are using this mrna, which was tested and 30,000 people in the motor and a trial period and 44,000 people and the pfizer trial. and it was shown to be safe and extraordinarily effective. ninety-four to 95% to protect you against any form of clinical disease, and almost a hundred% in protecting you against severe disease. now the vaccine and needs to be distributed. and that is exactly what we're doing now. there's been some bumps in the road on the way but we can talk about that during the question period. but the distribution is according to priority. the phase one is healthcare personnel and those in long-term care facilities,
mainly nursing homes. then front line essential workers and the elderly. people 75 years of age or older. that individuals who are somewhat younger, but are still in the elderly group and those with high risk conditions and other essential workers. we hope by the time we get to april, we will be able to have what we call open season. maybe anybody, even if you're not and the priority group can lineup to get vaccinated. hopefully even sooner than that. no one of the things you we want to mention is that there is a degree of skepticism, understandable skepticism, among the brown and black community. because history tells us that they have not always been treated fairly, and ethically by the federal government and the medical approach. that's the past, a shameful pass, that we have to live with, but there are now safeguards in place that will never let that happen again. so, you see on this chart how
many among us brown and black people are skeptical about the vaccine. that's the reason why i and my colleagues are out there to talk about the process of how this is clearly a safe and effective vaccine which i have enough confidence in that i myself, as some of you may know, was vaccinated publicly to show the case. and here is soon to be president joe biden, let harris to be vice president, being vaccinated and they are i am in the middle panel getting vaccinated in an at nih about a week and a half to go together. with francis the director of nih and ha secretary alex lazar. now i want to close by making one comments. we want you all to get vaccinated. for your own protection, for that of your family, and for your community. however, we must remember that this is not a substitute of
horse until we get the overwhelming majority of the population in this country. and i would say 70 to 85%, to get good herd immunity, this there will still be danger lurking in the community about transmitting viruses. and for that reason we need to continue to adhere to public health measures until we get this outbreak completely crushed. which i believe, is entirely feasible in the context of 2021. likely towards the end of the year, but i believe strongly that we can do it. and finally, for those wanting more information about the vaccine and about how you might actually volunteer for other vaccine trials, you can go to this link coronavirus prevention network .-dot work. but if you want to find out about the vaccine that's available easy to do, just go to the cdc website, cdc .gov.
soul stop there, and be very happy to answer questions. >> thank you doctor fauci. that was actually wonderful. you can't see it but the number of a men's just popped up on the screen, and on my cell phone. so i just want to to let you know that you've got a lot of men's out there. we do have one question, just to kick things off, and this question is will it directed at you specifically. it says, how are you taking care of yourself given that you've been under unremitting stress for the past 12 months. it says, do you need a couple prayers? >> will i tell you i need a lot of prayers. so if you've got some just send them on my behalf please. no actually, this is been an extraordinary year i really literally without hyperbole haven't had a day off since last january. so it's been a year but it's
been important. i don't need anybody to feel sorry for me, it's important thing. we have so much at stake which is the health of the life and the safety of the american public that until we get this really under control then i am not going to risk and i promise you that, what i do is that i try the best i can to get exercise by don't get enough rest. i think running has been my savior, i'm a former marathon runner, a former 10k runner so right now i use that to relieve the stress of this job. but i wouldn't mind some prayers along the way. so please go ahead and do it. >> think you serve. the next question is what specific steps do you believe churches or other houses of worship in general, can and should take to promote to vaccine and otherwise help stop the spread of covid?
and one follow-up to that is do you think it would be wise or helpful if some of these houses of worship would partnered in the way that they could open up their churches to help deliver some of the vaccines. >> those are two great questions. well, what we need to do and this is absolutely critical. if you want to crush this outbreak, we've got to get the overwhelming majority of that united states population to get vaccinated. including, and i might say even specifically black and brown people because of the risk that i showed you on some of those slides. and that was the reason i show those slides. because, of the increased risk of infection and serious deliberate consequences. so what black churches, places of faith, and black and brown area should do. since you do have an air of authority, you are trusted.
you are trusted so much more than the outside non- brown and black world. so, when you get up there and say to your brother and, and your brothers and sisters, who come to your church is it's important for you to get vaccinated that means an awful lot. they will say well we have skepticism about that. and you ask will what is the issue? well we think it went too fast. and i think as the governor said, and you may have said rob, that speed was related to extraordinarily breathtaking scientific advances in vaccine platform technologies. that allowed us to in months what normally would have taken a nurse. for the next question that people ask, is well is it really safe and effective? i don't really trust the government they may be just
trying to put something over on us and the drug companies are just trying to make a lot of money. why should i trust them? where there's an answer to that skepticism. and that is, that the decision as to whether or not this is a safe and effective vaccine was made by an independent body. that is beholden not to the government, not to the company, but to the american public it's called the data and safety monitoring board. and they decided that the data was striking, 9495% effective at preventing clinical disease. the fda makes the final decision as to whether it safe and effective enough to go out to the general public. and here again, career scientists, not politicians, they together with a totally independent advisory committee then makes the recommendation whether the vaccine should go out to the general public.
and they made that recommendations, so when you get up there in the church and talk to your brother and, you should be saying that the process was both independent and transparent. and that's the reason why you need to get vaccinated. >> thank you for that, we have one other question that just came in about how confident are you that this vaccine will be effective, given the news that we hear from the united kingdom in england about the new variance? >> that's a very good question that a lot of people are asking. and right now, the scientists in the uk have taken a close look at this and have determined that the antibodies that are induced by the vaccine that were using now are still very effective against the mutant strain.
we will also be looking at that very carefully, and following it carefully. and if anything changes then we will be able to make a modification in the vaccine. but right now the data indicates that the uk mutant is still quite sensitive to the antibodies that are induced by the vaccine. but, again, we're going to be very careful and are going to continue to follow that to make sure that it stays that way. >> we have a great question, about given the fact that you still have shown yourself taking the vaccine, what vaccines did you have and what side effects could you help and tell people and to tell her congregation or people in the community to potentially expect question work. >> okay, so the side effects the vaccine in the first dose are genuinely mild and the
typical kind of side effects you get when you get a flu shot or any other of the shots that you bet. you get a little bit of an ache in the arm, which i got it lasted about first of all i didn't feel it until maybe six to ten hours after. i got vaccinated in the morning, and before he went to bed i felt a little ache in my arm, but not enough to interfere with my going to work. i went to work in the morning and it was still there, but the next morning it was gone. i didn't get any eggs or chills or fever. but some people do. now i'm gonna be getting my booster shot on the 19th of january and i went likely get a little bit more of an ache in maybe a little bit feeling down and fatigued but it almost never last more than 24 hours. the incidence of severe side effects is very rare, there have been some allergic
anaphylactic reactions to the tune of about 11 per 1 million people that get the vaccine. and it only exclusively is an individuals who have a history of a strong allergic reaction. when you do have that history, it's a good idea to if you take your vaccine take it in a place where they can respond to and give you medication for an allergic reaction in case you're one of those 11 out of a million to get it. >> thank you for that. another question is, this is a great question, under what category are clergy considered? are we considered essential workers? healthcare workers, some of our activities we make many visits to the hospital and assisted living centers. so doctor fauci, what's your opinion on clergy and the
category that they are considered? >> you know, i have to be really careful about giving you my opinion because it it can become a soundbite really quickly. >> all do that then. >> so, if you i don't know what category they're in now. when they looked at people as examples of essential personnel, you know i don't know what's the category of clergy is. so in all honesty which i have been throughout this, i would have to get back to you on that. >> thank you so much, and you got a couple a mins on that one as well so i just wanted you to know is but a whole lithium of amon's coming your way. there is also the question, this is from community folk who say we have folks who are coming sometimes who are part of the justice system who are in reentry programs. how do you, what is the
recommendation as these people are going to things like halfway houses and other things like that safe? what are the guidelines? >> you know about vaccines you mean? yeah you know they should be treated like any other citizen. namely if they fall into a category that they are in one of those priority groups. they should see and they should fall into that same category. if they elderly or have underlying conditions, those are the kind of things that put you in the higher priority. but then once you get to what i called open season, they should have vaccine available to them as well as anybody else in society. >> got it, thank you. we just got a bunch of texts that say we should order a state full of masks a nation full a mask that c team fauci expiration.but i think that there probably be something put out there like that.
>> referring to the divisiveness in our society. we are a divided group. what has happened in public health is that it is assumed the degree of politicalization it's a statement if you believe this is real certainly is not a hoax the numbers i have showed you thousands of people a day are dying getting infected every day try as best as you can to consistently
give a message on solid scientific data and evidence. >> are there specific for individuals with disabilities? >> it depends on the disability. there are people with disabilities who includes the underlying conditions mainly you have a much higher incidence of getting serious disease with a severe outcome including death. that is anything from diabetes to obesity to hypertension a variety of other conditions
like heart disease and kidney disease. you need to be very careful that those are the people you want to seclude right now and keeping in contact fever might be infected. those the people you want to be vaccinated right away. >> any safety on the vaccine for pregnant individuals? >> that's a great question. the answer is, whenever you have a vaccine you have to prove that it is safe in adult and nonpregnant and non- children children and adults
are vulnerable you want to know the something works and is safe before you give it to someone who is a vulnerable individual. children and pregnant women are. children can i give informed consent so make sure you do something to a child you are pretty sure so if you get a vaccine then you do a phase i careful safety study and then to induce the same kind of response that you know works and is effective in a normal adult population. once you show that you can make the extrapolation in these children and pregnant women it's very likely it
would be effective because you shown it's safe and induces the same kind of response and pregnant women those that went to the true efficacy trial. >> we are being respectful of your time but i do have two questions from someone down the street at the university so when will we be able to resume normal human interaction? >> that is dependent on us. we get the overwhelming majority of the population that would based on our experience with measles, it should be between 70 and 85 percent to get herd immunity. where the virus doesn't have
anywhere to go because most everybody is protected. we will out the vaccines and we are successful to convince the overwhelming majority of people to get vaccinated , logistically that would take us some time toward the end of the summer. voice are going through the priority group february, march, april and then effectively and efficiently may by the time if we get to the fall to get vaccinated and with that normality through 2021.
>> maybe one dose of them internet one verse of pfizer is enough? how important is the second dose? >> it is absolutely critical. it has not been proven to be efficacious and we don't know how long the protection last. so whatever you are hearing one dose is not optimal one dose of pfizer followed in 21 days by the booster or one dose of motor nine and 28 days.
and optimal durability. >> and this is the last question i promise. but again, thinking at as a director and broadly speakin speaking, what advice do you see covid have on other diseases like cardiovascular, cancer or others? of all those impacts that covid is having? >> it's a great question putting a lot of effort in post acute syndrome so what happens to people that is that a clue that was not part of
the original disease? we are so young and this disease only been dealing with it for less than a year on what the effects might be and we just have to follow the patients carefully and that they have anything that looks like a opposed covid type involvement we have to follow that carefully. >> it is at the top of the hour for you. welcome to stay for the panel. we know you're very busy. thank you. your of the number text and things that are coming to the chats. i wish you all. people are praying for you all over.
the thank you for the valuable information we are hoping at some point maybe we could even get an update your check in with you down the line but thank you so much for the governor's office and the dcu at the cancer center i do want to call you out to eliana recognizing is somewhat of a lifetime talking about integrity young residents and faculty i want to tell you and everyone else i have admired your integrity to stay committed to the truth and speak the truth. you towns
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