Transcript for Multiple COVID-19 cases among New York Yankees coaching staff
But let's startith some of these numbers from Johns Hopkins university as we often do. The latest 159.7 million confirmed cases of coronavirus worldwide, and the death toll here in the U.S., staggering 582,000 American lives lost to this virus. The CDC reporting more than 263.1 million doses of the vaccine have been administered at this point. Jen, I actually hate even bringing this up, we're talking about this story, because you don't want to discourage people from getting vaccinated, but there was big news, the New York Yankees, some cases of coronavirus among people who were vaccinated. Tell us what happened. Right. And I think we need to look at this very closely as an example so people really understand what's behind the headline here. So here's what you need to know. Possible explanations about how this could happen. First of all, we know that it is possible for someone to be exposed and infected if they are within the 14-day window after their vaccine, so window of exposure. We also know that there is a range in efficacy with the current vaccines that are authorized in the U.S., Johnson & Johnson overall 72% effective in the United States, pfizer and modern in the 94%, 95% range, and there is also the possibility of false positives on testing in general. What's important about that is that as the case rates in the area go lower, which we have luckily experienced here in new York City, the false positive, the chance of a false positive actually goes up. So that's some epidemiology there. A lot of explanations, but breakthrough cases can and will happen. It's just that they're uncommon. All right. Dr. Ashton, thank you.
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