header image

[Sign Up Now] to Receive Our FREE Daily SCVTV-SCVNews Digest by E-Mail

Inside
Weather
Santa Clarita CA
Mostly cloudy
Mostly cloudy
56°F
 
Calendar
Today in
S.C.V. History
May 14
1874 - Outlaw Tiburcio Vasquez captured in Hollywood Hills [story]
Tiburcio Vasquez


While life isn’t quite back to normal yet, the CDC says inoculated people can now unmask for small outdoor gatherings.
| Tuesday, Apr 27, 2021

County of LA COVID-19 VaccinationBy Brad Kutner

WASHINGTON (CN) — President Joe Biden celebrated the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s relaxing of rules for outdoor mask wearing in a speech Tuesday afternoon from the North Lawn of the White House.

“Going to a picnic, as along as you’re vaccinated and outdoors, you can do it without a mask,” he said of the CDC’s new standards. “If you’re vaccinated, you can do more things more safely both outdoors and indoors.”

The new guidelines say people who are vaccinated can congregate outdoors with other people in small groups without a mask, even with people who haven’t gotten a shot yet. Concerns remain for heavily attended outdoor events like sporting events and concerts, where social distancing is hard and the number of unvaccinated people is unknown.

Biden spoke shortly after White House chief medical adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci and CDC leadership held a Zoom meeting for members of the press to emphasize the risk of Covid-19 transmission outdoors and without masks, especially among those who are vaccinated, is incredibly low.

CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky went a step further and suggested fully vaccinated people can return to many of their favorite indoor activities as well.

“As we gather more and more data on the efficacy of vaccines, we know masked, fully vaccinated people can go to religious services, go to a bar and participate in indoor exercise classes,” she said. “The more people who are vaccinated, the more steps we can take towards spending time with people we love.”

As for states that still have public mask mandates in place, Walensky stressed “we no longer feel that the vaccinated people require masks outdoors” and instead pushed for consistency.

“A lot of that is the inability to distinguish between vaccinated and unvaccinated,” she said. “And to say that in those settings, when you have those at that density, we really do worry about protecting the unvaccinated people.”

Biden also touted new vaccination numbers in his speech Tuesday. According to the president, nearly 141 million Americans over 18 have had at least one dose with almost 40% of U.S. adults fully vaccinated.

He stressed the only way to get the nation back on track is to get shots in arms.

“While we still have a long way to go in this fight to get us to July 4th. We’ve made stunning process because of the American people,” Biden said, referencing his Independence Day target for returning to a state of relative normalcy.

Fauci also spoke to the efficacy of the different vaccines in relation to the coronavirus variants around the world.

The strain known as B117, the most prominent variant in the U.S., was show to be weak to the vaccines available to Americans, which is good news as it’s been detected in more and more unvaccinated young people as of late.

The South African variant is not only dominant here but also in other parts of the world. According to Fauci, the Johnson & Johnson jab is only 64% effective and the AstraZeneca shot is “not so good.” But even the lower efficacy J&J vaccine had no deaths or hospitalization following its use in South Africa.

Pfizer’s vaccine, according to a small study, was found to be 100% effective against the B117 strain but Fauci noted the size of the study wasn’t a great determinate quite yet.

“While efficacy went down for moderate disease, serious disease went down [as well],” he added about the mRNA shot’s successes in clinic trial.

The vaccine showed a 50% effective rate against Brazil’s P1 variant after a single dose, and those numbers stayed the same following a second dose. Another study in Chile found 67% effectiveness against P1.

The two U.S. variants, one from California and the other from New York, were found to be stunted by the vaccines as well. Fauci said in-vitro testing, which pits the virus against antibodies made by the vaccines in a test tube, showed the two-dose shots provide a cushion to help keep the worst symptoms from the respiratory disease at bay.

As international news focuses on India’s struggle with a new wave of infections, Fauci said its Indian-made jab Covaxin “neutralizes” a local variant known as B1.617.

“Despite difficulties in India, the vaccine could be an important antidote,” he said.

Biden said Tuesday that he’d communicated with India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “We’re sending immediately a whole series of help that he needs,” he said.

As the CDC eases rules for mask wearing, a collection of congressional Republican doctors who released a PSA encouraging their base to get the shot. They include Senators Roger Marshall of Kansas and John Boozman of Arkansas and Congressmen Greg Murphy of North Carolina and Georgia’s Buddy Carter.

“Operation Warp Speed brought us safe and effective vaccines in record time, and it resulted in a clear path to eradicating the pandemic,” the lawmakers said in the video, using a moniker given to the early days of the vaccine program under former President Donald Trump.

They pushed back on the idea that the vaccines were “rushed,” saying they are the product of the former president “cutting red tape” and getting “the job done in record time.”

“The only way to protect our loved ones and end the government’s restrictions on our freedoms is to get vaccinated,” they added.

Comment On This Story
COMMENT POLICY: We welcome comments from individuals and businesses. All comments are moderated. Comments are subject to rejection if they are vulgar, combative, or in poor taste.
REAL NAMES ONLY: All posters must use their real individual or business name. This applies equally to Twitter account holders who use a nickname.

0 Comments

You can be the first one to leave a comment.

Leave a Comment


SCV NewsBreak
LOCAL NEWS HEADLINES
Thursday, May 13, 2021
Thursday COVID-19 Roundup: CDC Loosens Mask Restrictions for Fully Vaccinated People; SCV Cases Total 27,825
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released guidance Thursday indicating that people who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can safely resume activities that were done prior to the pandemic.
Thursday, May 13, 2021
SCOPE Files Legal Complaint Over L.A. County’s Failure to Abide by Brown Act
After making numerous requests for correction for failure by the County Board of Supervisors to abide by various sections of the Brown Act, the Santa Clarita Organization for Planning and the Environment was left with no option than to file a formal legal complaint.
Thursday, May 13, 2021
Las Vegas Sexual Assault Case Against SCV Realtor Dismissed, L.A. County Case “Still Active”
The case against a prominent Santa Clarita Valley Realtor who had been accused of a sexual assault stemming from a Las Vegas real estate conference last summer was dismissed, a court clerk confirmed Thursday.
Keep Up With Our Facebook

Latest Additions to SCVNews.com
1874 - Outlaw Tiburcio Vasquez captured in Hollywood Hills [story]
Tiburcio Vasquez
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released guidance Thursday indicating that people who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can safely resume activities that were done prior to the pandemic.
Thursday COVID-19 Roundup: CDC Loosens Mask Restrictions for Fully Vaccinated People; SCV Cases Total 27,825
A total of 277 single-family homes changed owners during April in the Santa Clarita Valley as the as the tight inventory rose to its highest level in five months, though remained well below year-ago totals, the Southland Regional Association of Realtors reported Thursday.
SCV Median Home Price $795,000 Hits Record
After making numerous requests for correction for failure by the County Board of Supervisors to abide by various sections of the Brown Act, the Santa Clarita Organization for Planning and the Environment was left with no option than to file a formal legal complaint.
SCOPE Files Legal Complaint Over L.A. County’s Failure to Abide by Brown Act
The case against a prominent Santa Clarita Valley Realtor who had been accused of a sexual assault stemming from a Las Vegas real estate conference last summer was dismissed, a court clerk confirmed Thursday.
Las Vegas Sexual Assault Case Against SCV Realtor Dismissed, L.A. County Case “Still Active”
Tommy's Boats - a national boat dealership brand with locations in Florida, Arizona, Nevada, Colorado, and Michigan - announced a new location opening soon in Castaic.
May 19, May 20: Tommy’s Boats Grill & Chill Hiring Event
Foothill League coaches announced their choice for Player of the Year and their All-League teams recently.
Saugus High QB Named Foothill League Player of the Year
California Credit Union has awarded 10 scholarships of $1,000 each to college-bound students in Los Angeles and Orange Counties in its annual College Scholarship Program.
Valencia High Student Awarded California Credit Union Scholarship
Santa Clarita Mayor Bill Miranda responded Tuesday to criticisms of the city of Santa Clarita Human Relations Roundtable, which was formed as a result of last summer’s protests about issues involving race relations.
Mayor Taking Human Relations Roundtable Criticisms “Very Seriously”
1825 - Town founder Henry Mayo Newhall born in Saugus, Mass. [read/watch]
Henry M. Newhall
Six days a week, Santa Clarita Grocery opens its warehouse to people in need.
Local Shop Donates Leftover Bagels To Help Families
As part of the $100 billion California Comeback Plan, Governor Gavin Newsom announced a $20 billion to transform California public schools into gateways of equity and opportunity.
Newsom Announces $20 Billion Investment to Public Schools
The LA County Development Authority have extended the deadline to register for elderly family housing sites from June to the end of the year. 
LACDA Extends Registration For Elderly Family Public Housing Sites, Including Valencia
Today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC, affirmed the recommendation by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration, FDA, to expand the emergency use authorization for the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for adolescents 12 to 15 years of age.
Wednesday COVID-19 Roundup: L.A. County Announces Vaccinations for 12-15 Year Olds; SCV Cases Total 27,814
Los Angeles County with PPE unite is giving small businesses 30 days of free PPE, to help these businesses stay open and operating during the Pandemic.
LA County To Assist Businesses With PPE
A troop of local Girl Scouts is set to host a silver-medal fundraiser for the Dorsey family this coming Saturday, pairing item donations with purchases at Firehouse Subs.  
Girl Scouts To Hold Fundraiser For Dorsey Family
Los Angeles County received the fourth largest allocation of emergency housing vouchers for those in desperate need of housing assistance, the LA County Development Authority announced Wednesday. 
LA County Receives Emergency Housing Vouchers
Two men accused of committing crimes in the Santa Clarita Valley were sentenced in court this week.
Man Accused Of Killing 6 In Gorman Crash Pleads No Contest; Man Sentenced For Child, Domestic Abuse
This year's College of the Canyons graduates will have the opportunity to celebrate offline with an in-person graduation experience.
College Of The Canyons Announces ‘Grad Walks’ Plans
A new independent record store, Gray Skull Vinyl, has opened in Canyon Country, where local music fans and collectors have suffered without one for years.
New Indie Record Store, Gray Skull Vinyl, Opens in Canyon Country
1958 - Juvenile probation Camp Joseph Scott opens at site of former New Era School in Bouquet Canyon [story]
Camp Joseph Scott
A Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station deputy injured in a severe crash last month was discharged from the Henry Mayo Newhall hospital on Tuesday, according to station officials
SCV Deputy Injured In Head-On Collision Leaves Hospital
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health confirmed Tuesday 18 new deaths and 224 new cases of COVID-19, with 27,807 total cases in the Santa Clarita Valley.
Tuesday COVID-19 Roundup: L.A. County Metrics Remain Stable; SCV Cases Total 27,807
The County of Los Angeles Department of Military and Veterans Affairs and Higher Ground Los Angeles are teaming up with Carry The Load, a nonprofit organization that originated to restore the true meaning of Memorial Day and now honors fallen service members, first responders, and their families.
County’s Military & Veterans Affairs Department Partners with Carry the Load
%d bloggers like this: