“We’re gonna lose a bunch more people, West Virginia, no question about that,” said Gov. Jim Justice said Wednesday.
The number of Covid-19 patients in ICUs just reached an all-time high — 298, the governor said.
“All I can possibly do, with a good conscience, is continue to urge you, in every way, to get vaccinated,” he said.
“We’ve been too complacent about the spread of respiratory diseases in the wintertime,” former US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb said.
“With a twin threat of flu and Covid circulating, we’re not going to be able to enjoy that complacency anymore,” he said. “I think we’re going to have to readjust how we live our lives.”
He said that could include optional mask-wearing in the winter or improved air filtration in schools and workplaces.
The White House says vaccine requirements for some private companies are still weeks away from being implemented, weeks after President Joe Biden announced the new mandates were coming.
During a news briefing on Wednesday, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said that the administration hopes to have “more detail” on the regulations “in the coming weeks.”
Psaki said she “couldn’t give a timeline,” on the regulations, but that “OSHA is working on them.”
Booster shot side effects are well tolerated, study says
The most common complaints were injection site pain (71%), fatigue (56%) and a headache (43.4%).
Health experts are also looking into whether those who originally got the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccine can get Pfizer boosters before the companies release their own, said Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
Data evaluating the safety and efficacy of mixing different brands of vaccines is coming soon and will be submitted to the FDA for review, Fauci said Tuesday.
Child Covid-19 cases climb as parents wait for a vaccine
Pfizer and BioNTech said Tuesday they have submitted Covid-19 vaccine trial data for children ages 5 to 11 to the FDA for initial review. But they have not formally submitted a request for an emergency use authorization.
“This is sort of typical of a rolling submission, where you submit the data that’s available,” said Gottlieb, who is now a Pfizer board member.
Once all the data is submitted, Pfizer will ask the FDA for emergency use authorization. Gottlieb said he believes that will happen “imminently.”
When the FDA does give the green light, the US will have the capacity to vaccinate younger kids, US Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy said Tuesday.
“The FDA’s top priority is getting Covid vaccines for the population, particularly for our children,” he said.
But parents are split on whether they would vaccinate children in that age group.
An Axios-Ipsos poll published Tuesday showed 44% of parents of 5-to-11-year-olds would likely vaccinate their children, while 42% said they likely won’t.
The CDC said 22 pregnant women died in August alone — the worst month yet of the pandemic.
CNN’s Melissa Alonso, Harry Enten, Jen Christensen, Lauren Mascarenhas, Virginia Langmaid, Maggie Fox, Jen Christensen, Jamie Gumbrecht and Naomi Thomas contributed to this report.