COVID-19 live updates: CDC director stands by decision to overrule panel on boosters

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(NEW YORK) — The United States has been facing a COVID-19 surge as the more contagious delta variant continues to spread.

More than 686,000 Americans have died from COVID-19 while over 4.7 million people have died from the disease worldwide, according to real-time data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.

The U.S. is continuing to sink on the list of global vaccination rates, currently ranking No. 46, according to data compiled by The Financial Times. Just 64.7% of Americans ages 12 and up are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, according to data from the CDC.

Latest headlines:
-US reports fifth week of more than 200,000 pediatric cases
-CDC ‘enthusiastically awaiting’ Pfizer vaccine data on ages 5 to 11
-CDC director stands by decision to overrule panel on Pfizer boosters

Here’s how the news is developing. All times Eastern.

Sep 27, 8:19 pm
Judge upholds NYC school staff vaccine mandate

A three-judge panel from the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has dissolved a temporary injunction that halted New York City’s vaccine mandate for school staff.

The panel offered no explanation and cleared the way for the city to enforcement the public school vaccine mandate.

“Vaccinations are our strongest tool in the fight against COVID-19 – this ruling is on the right side of the law and will protect our students and staff,” New York City’s Department of Education said in a statement.

As of Monday night, 87% of DOE employees, including 91% of teachers, and 97% of principals, have at least one shot, according to the DOE.

Mayor Bill de Blasio said public school employees will have until the end of day Friday to get at least one dose of vaccine.

ABC News’ Aaron Katersky

Sep 27, 7:02 pm
First lady Jill Biden receives booster shot

First lady Jill Biden received her COVID-19 booster shot Monday, according to Michael LaRosa, her spokesman.

The shot was administered at the White House in the afternoon, LaRosa told ABC News.

ABC News’ Ben Gittleson

Sep 27, 5:38 pm
North Carolina hospital system fires around 175 unvaccinated staffers

Novant Health announced Monday that it terminated around 175 staff members at its medical centers who failed to comply with its vaccine mandate.

Novant’s system includes 15 hospitals, 800 clinics and hundreds of outpatient facilities throughout North Carolina.

Last week, 375 members were unvaccinated — despite a Sept. 15 deadline for the mandate — and suspended, the hospital said.

Since then, 200 members have received at least one shot and 99% of Novant’s 35,000 team members are compliant, according to the hospital’s administrators.

Employees who received an mRNA vaccine have until Oct. 15 to get their second dose, Novant said in a statement.

ABC News’ Brian Hartman

Sep 27, 4:41 pm
Pharmacy owner pleads guilty to federal charges after 24 children under 12 receive vaccine

A pharmacy owner in Puerto Rico has pleaded guilty to federal charges after 24 children between the ages of 7 to 11 were given a full dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

The pharmacy, located 10 miles northeast of Ponce, administered the vaccines between May 28 and June 22, the Justice Department announced Monday.

Owner and president of Farmacia Gabriela, Lizz Ann Banchs, has pleaded guilty to participating in a felony conspiracy to convert government property and to commit health care fraud.

Banchs faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a fine of $250,000, as well as three years of supervised release.

ABC News’ Joshua Hoyos

 

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