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About 99.2% of recent COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. involved unvaccinated people, a "tragic" situation that could easily be remedied, Dr. Anthony Fauci said Sunday.
The top infectious disease expert said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that he was frustrated at a situation in which "you have a formidable enemy” – and “yet we do have a countermeasure that’s highly, highly effective. And that’s the reason why it’s all the more sad and all the more tragic why it isn’t being completely implemented in this country.”
Fauci cited several reasons for opposition to the vaccine by some Americans: “ideological” or some people “are just fundamentally anti-vax or anti-science.”
The U.S. is “very fortunate” that it has “enough vaccines to vaccinate essentially everybody in the country," Fauci said. "And there are people throughout the world who would do anything to get vaccines.”
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►The Navajo Nation on Saturday reported five additional COVID-19 cases and two more deaths. A statement released by tribal officials said the additional deaths increased the tribe’s pandemic death toll to 1,356.
►A bipartisan proposal in the U.S. House would ban the farming of mink fur in the United States in an effort to stem possible mutations of the coronavirus, something researchers have said can be accelerated when the virus spreads among animals.
►About 13,000 runners took to the streets of Atlanta on Saturday to welcome the return of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Peachtree Road Race, a Fourth of July holiday tradition.
►The Mayo Clinic fired a doctor who published a book about his experiences treating patients through the darkest days of the COVID-19 pandemic in Wisconsin.
►A New Orleans book festival debut that was canceled by the COVID-19 pandemic has been rescheduled for October. Most of the authors scheduled for March 2020 will be there, the co-chair of the New Orleans Book Festival at Tulane University told The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate.
📈Today's numbers: The U.S. has more than 33.7 million confirmed COVID-19 cases and at least 605,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University data. The global totals: More than 183.5 million cases and more than 3.9 million deaths. More than 156.2 million Americans have been fully vaccinated – 47.1% of the population, according to the CDC.
📘What we're reading: At the start of the pandemic, kids made up 2% of new COVID infections. Now, they make up 24%. What happened?
People along U.S.-Canadian border hope for a quick reopening
The Canadian and U.S. governments aren’t expected to reevaluate the nations' border closure until July 21, but people nearby are hoping for a speedy reopening.
In pre-COVID times, pleasure boats would pack Lake Champlain off the Burlington waterfront by July 4, most from Canada. But the anchorage is nearly empty this year because of the ongoing border closure.
People who rely on those boaters directly and indirectly hope Canadians are back soon enough to avoid losing a second summer to the pandemic.
“We can’t wait to welcome our visitors from Canada so that they can really embrace our new location in Burlington because I know that they are going to like it as much as we do,” said Elizabeth White, the director of development for Dream Yacht Charter. The company, which rents live-aboard sailing vessels to tourists across the world, moved its Lake Champlain operations to Burlington from upstate New York in 2020.
But it’s unclear when the border – an easy sail about 40 miles north to where Quebec’s Richelieu River drains the lake north into Canada – will fully reopen.
The U.S. and Canadian governments closed the more than 5,500-mile border to nonessential traffic when the pandemic tool hold. Now with increasing vaccination rates and dropping infection rates, many are annoyed the two governments haven’t laid out detailed plans to fully reopen the border.
Canada is easing some restrictions. Starting Monday, fully vaccinated Canadians or permanent legal residents may return to Canada without quarantining. But among the requirements are a negative test for the virus before returning, and another once they get back.
CDC probes case of Michigan teen who died days after being vaccinated
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is investigating the case of a 13-year-old Saginaw County, Michgan, boy who died in his sleep three days after getting his second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine in mid-June.
The county health department confirmed the investigation, telling the Free Press that the medical examiner's office conducted an autopsy and the death was reported to the state health department as well as the CDC.
"The investigation as to whether there is a correlation between his death and vaccination is now at the federal level with CDC," said a joint statement issued by Saginaw County Health Department Medical Director Dr. Delicia Pruitt and Health Officer Christina Harrington.
– Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press
Big cats, bears, ferrets get COVID-19 vaccine at California Zoo
A San Francisco Bay Area zoo is inoculating its big cats, bears and ferrets against the coronavirus as part of a national effort to protect animal species using an experimental vaccine.
Tigers Ginger and Molly were the first two animals at the Oakland Zoo to get the vaccine this week, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Saturday. The doses were donated and developed by veterinary pharmaceutical company Zoetis in New Jersey.
Alex Herman, vice president of veterinary services at the zoo, said none of the animals have gotten the virus, but they wanted to be proactive. Tigers, black and grizzly bears, mountain lions and ferrets were the first to receive the first of two doses. Next are primates and pigs.
She said the zoo has used barriers for social distancing and staff have worn protective gear to protect susceptible species.
Zoetis is donating more than 11,000 doses for animals living in nearly 70 zoos, as well as more than a dozen conservatories, sanctuaries, academic institutions and government organizations located in 27 states, according to the press release.
6 people working Surfside condo collapse test positive for COVID-19
Six people from a task force working at the scene of a Miami-area condo building collapse have tested positive for COVID-19, Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Chief Alan Cominsky said.
That task force has since left the site. On-site teams did contact tracing and tested 424 Florida task force members. "We'll continue to monitor as well," Cominsky said.
– Christine Fernando
Missouri considering incentives for COVID-19 vaccines
Missouri Gov. Mike Parson's administration floated the idea of a statewide COVID-19 vaccination incentive program and the possibility of a “substantial grand prize” during a meeting of health officials, a newspaper reported.
The Kansas City Star said it obtained notes from a June 25 Zoom meeting of the Missouri Center for Public Health Excellence during which a senior state Department of Health and Senior Services official shared the potential program.
The notes from the meeting compiled by the center's secretary said of a potential program: “Will likely start in July. Working with MO state lottery. 3 separate drawing structures.”
Consideration of incentives comes as the fast-spreading delta variant ravages rural Missouri. The state has one of the nation’s highest rates of COVID-19 transmission and, according to the CDC, led the nation last week in the proportion of delta variant cases.
Less than 40% of Missouri's population has been fully vaccinated and the figure is less than 20% in some rural counties.
Contributing: The Associated Press.
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: More than 99% of US COVID deaths involve unvaccinated people