March 24, 2021 — President Joe Biden will announce the federal government will spend $81 billion to assist faculties get again to in-person studying — a step towards his acknowledged purpose of reopening faculties inside the first 100 days of his presidency, White Home officers mentioned throughout a Wednesday briefing.
“Today, at the Department of Education’s National Safe School Reopening Summit, President Biden will announce $81 billion in American Rescue Plan funds will be made available to all 50 states, DC, and Puerto Rico to support their efforts to safely return to in-person instruction as expeditiously as possible this spring and meet the needs of all students,” mentioned Andy Slavitt, senior White Home adviser for COVID-19 response.
The latest coronavirus reduction invoice that Biden signed into legislation earmarks $122 billion for Ok-12 faculties. The $81 billion introduced Wednesday can be out there straight away.
Slavitt additionally reported that 70% of People ages 65 and older have now acquired at the least one vaccine dose — up from 8% initially of February.
“In the 62 days since taking office, we’ve more than tripled vaccine output from 8.6 million doses to 27 million doses per week,” he mentioned. “We intend to keep up this progress until all Americans are vaccinated.”
White Home officers briefly touched on the newest concern about AstraZeneca vaccine knowledge, which federal regulators mentioned Tuesday was “outdated information.”
“Right now, AstraZeneca is getting back with the Data and Safety Monitoring Board and will likely come out with an updated statement,” mentioned Anthony Fauci, MD, a high COVID-19 official.
Slavitt added: “Our takeaway is the importance of transparency and trust. … I would urge us not to focus on the process of the last couple days, but instead to focus on what really matters, which is what happens when these applications for these candidates are submitted to the FDA.”
AstraZeneca has mentioned it plans to submit knowledge to the FDA subsequent month in pursuit of an emergency use authorization for its vaccine.
On a optimistic notice, Fauci outlined knowledge revealed Tuesday in TheNew England Journal of Drugs highlighting how properly COVID-19 vaccines work in the actual world, which mirrors findings from medical trials. One research, revealed Tuesday, discovered that simply 4 out of 8,121 totally vaccinated workers on the College of Texas Southwestern Medical Middle in Dallas had been contaminated with the virus.
One other research discovered that seven out of 14,990 staff at UC San Diego Well being and the David Geffen College of Drugs on the College of California, Los Angeles, produced optimistic COVID-19 exams after receiving a second dose of vaccines from both Pfizer or Moderna.
“Every day, we get closer and closer to that extraordinary degree of effectiveness, which we’re seeing at the community level,” Fauci mentioned. “And at the end of the day, that’s what it is that’s going to end this pandemic in this country.”