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Break from Disney vaccine mandate, Fauci on boosters, deaths in 2021: Coronavirus updates : NPR

A Disney employee welcomes guests to Walt Disney World Resort on July 11, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Disney has suspended its COVID-19 vaccination mandate to comply with a new Florida law.

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A Disney employee welcomes guests to Walt Disney World Resort on July 11, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Disney has suspended its COVID-19 vaccination mandate to comply with a new Florida law.

Matt Stroshane/Walt Disney World Resort via Getty

The US is approaching its second Thanksgiving in the COVID-19 pandemic and the number of cases is rising again.

the CDC reported that, as of Thursday, the seven-day daily average of new infections was 88,482, a 16.1% jump from the previous week.

Public health experts say that families who have been fully vaccinated can enjoy a normal Thanksgiving together, and they are urging those who haven’t yet had the chance to do the same.

Here are some other coronavirus updates:

Disney pauses employee vaccination mandate after new Florida law

Disney has suspended its COVID-19 vaccine mandate for employees of Walt Disney World in Orlando, the company confirmed to NPR on Sunday.

It comes after a new Florida law signed Thursday by Governor Ron DeSantis that prohibits employers from imposing COVID-19 vaccine mandates and gives employees the ability to select or opt-in to periodic testing or the use of an waiver. personal protective equipment.

“No one should lose their job because of heavy-handed COVID mandates and we had a responsibility to protect the livelihoods of the people of Florida,” DeSantis said.

In a statement to NPR, a Disney spokesperson said the company believes its “approach to mandatory vaccines has been the right one as we have continued to focus on the safety and well-being of our Cast Members and Guests.”

More than 90% of Disney’s Florida-based employees have verified that they are fully vaccinated, the company said.

Fauci says it’s unclear how often boosters will be needed

The head of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last week approved COVID-19 booster injections for all adults who had been fully vaccinated.

But whether we’ll need coronavirus vaccine boosters that often in the near future, experts say the jury is out.

“We’d hope — and this is something we’re looking at very carefully — that that third uptake with the mRNA” [vaccines] not only gives you a boost, but also increases durability so you don’t necessarily need it every six months or a year,” said Dr. Anthony Fauci, the president’s chief medical adviser for COVID-19, on ABC’s This week Sunday morning.

“We hope it pushes it out more,” he added. “If not, and the data shows we need it more often, then we’ll do it.”

Fauci was also asked about Connecticut and New Mexico governors who said people are no longer considered fully vaccinated until they receive booster shots. He said the federal definition of fully vaccinated remains unchanged: two doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson injection.

Is the number of deaths from COVID-19 higher in 2021 than in 2020?

Data from Johns Hopkins University appears to show that recorded deaths from COVID-19 in 2021 have surpassed those of 2020, even though the vaccine has been widely available for most of the year.

On Sunday, the Johns Hopkins COVID-19 data dashboard reported a total of 771,045 coronavirus deaths in the US during the pandemic.

According to the CDC, there were 385,343 deaths last year, meaning the remaining fatalities — 385,702 — would have fallen by 2021.

But official CDC data has not yet caught up with the university’s tally. The agency said 382,861 people have died from COVID-19 in the US so far this year.

Johns Hopkins gets its data directly from state and county health authorities.