MSN - AP World http://syn2.thecanadianpress.com:8080/mrss/feed/fcf7391a2f354311807f0501c16bde6a MSN - AP World Copyright © 2010-2018 The Canadian Press. All rights reserved. http://www.rssboard.org/rss-specification Sun, 24 Oct 2021 18:49:54 +0000 Psaki: Shots show vaccine 'urgency & importance' http://syn2.thecanadianpress.com:8080/mrss/feed/fcf7391a2f354311807f0501c16bde6a/19086bb0a0e64b22bcecb927aaf82782 White House press secretary Jen Psaki says "people are understanding the urgency and importance of getting vaccinated," as increased coronavirus vaccinations are being reported in states with high infection rates. (July 26) 19086bb0a0e64b22bcecb927aaf82782 Mon, 26 Jul 2021 21:08:12 +0000 SHOTLIST:RESTRICTION SUMMARY:US NETWORK POOLWashington, DC - 26 July 20211. Side, White House press secretary Jen Psaki walks into briefing room 2. SOUNDBITE (English) Jen Psaki, White House press secretary:"Last week, the five states with the highest case rates: Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana, Texas and California had a higher rate of people getting newly vaccinated compared to the national average. Again, this is a positive trend. And just one more recent proof point in the reporting period from yesterday, nearly half a million Americans made the decision to get their first shot. Numbers like this signal to us people are understanding the urgency and importance of getting vaccinated, and rightfully so."3. Cutaway reporters4. SOUNDBITE (English) Jen Psaki, White House press secretary:"And there, of course, is an active discussion about a range of steps that can be taken, as there has been from the first day of this administration. Certainly the surge in cases among unvaccinated because of the delta variant prompts, you know, even more discussion about what actions can be taken. But we are going to the CDC looks at data, they look at data across the country in a range of regions across the country. And if they make an assessment, we will, of course, be here to follow their guidance."5. Wide, reporters6. SOUNDBITE (English) Jen Psaki, White House press secretary:"Given where we are today and I think you've seen this and those of you who have asked to confirm this for with the delta variant, we will maintain existing travel restrictions at this point for a few reasons: the more transmissible delta variant is spreading both here and around the world. Driven by the delta variant, cases are rising here at home, particularly among those who are unvaccinated and appear likely to continue in the weeks ahead. And to get to the other part of your question, the CDC just advised Americans against travel to the United Kingdom this past Monday, given the surge in cases. They will evaluate and make and make recommendations based on health data."  7.  UPSOUND (English) Reporter asking question:"Would the White House view it as a benefit if employers as varied as the NFL to hospitals are trying to push vaccination, would that close the gap, in your view, with some of those who have not yet done so for a variety of reasons? I mean, do you see this as another lever that might actually be helpful to the president's goals?"8. SOUNDBITE (English) Jen Psaki, White House press secretary:"It may and beyond the president's goals, it may save lives. And that's the most important, important factor in our view. And so we're seeing institutions, health care providers, colleges and universities, the NFL implement different approaches and steps to incentivize and increase vaccination rates. The more people are vaccinated, the more the country will be safe."STORYLINE:White House press secretary Jen Psaki cited an increase in vaccinations against the coronavirus in states with high infection rates as a "positive trend.""People are understanding the urgency and importance of getting vaccinated, and rightfully so," Psaki told reporters on Monday.As a possible sign that increasingly dire health warnings are getting through to more Americans, vaccination rates are beginning to creep up again, offering hope that the nation could yet break free of the coronavirus if people who have been reluctant to receive the shot are finally inoculated.California and New York City announce Monday that they would require all government employees to get the coronavirus vaccine or face weekly COVID-19 testing as officials raced to beat back a summer surge driven by the delta variant.Psaki said there is an "active discussion" going on at the highest levels about what further actions should be taken, including whether those vaccinated should be urged to wear face masks.Meanwhile, the U.S. will keep existing COVID-19 travel restrictions on international travel in place for now due to concerns about the surging infection rate because of the delta variant.President Joe Biden earlier this month said that his administration was “in the process” of considering how soon the U.S. could lift the ban on European travel bound for the U.S. after the issue was raised by German Chancellor Angela Merkel during her visit to the White House.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advised Americans against travel to the United Kingdom this past Monday given a surge in cases there.Most of continental Europe has relaxed restrictions on Americans who are fully vaccinated, although the United Kingdom still requires quarantines for most visitors arriving from the U.S. Airlines say, however, that the lack of two-way travel is limiting the number of flights they can offer and seats they can sell.But the rise and prevalence of COVID-19 variants in Europe, especially the delta mutation that is also spreading throughout the U.S., has caused the Biden administration to tread slowly about increasing transatlantic travel.===========================================================Clients are reminded: (i) to check the terms of their licence agreements for use of content outside news programming and that further advice and assistance can be obtained from the AP Archive on: Tel +44 (0) 20 7482 7482 Email: info@aparchive.com(ii) they should check with the applicable collecting society in their Territory regarding the clearance of any sound recording or performance included within the AP Television News service (iii) they have editorial responsibility for the use of all and any content included within the AP Television News service and for libel, privacy, compliance and third party rights applicable to their Territory. White House press secretary Jen Psaki says "people are understanding the urgency and importance of getting vaccinated," as increased coronavirus vaccinations are being reported in states with high infection rates. (July 26) Psaki: Shots show vaccine 'urgency & importance'