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- Comedian Bill Maher has suspended taping his show after testing positive for COVID-19 despite being fully vaccinated.
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website says vaccines are vital to curbing the spread of the virus, but added that there is a possibility that a low number of people might still become sick after vaccination.
- Nearly 59 percent of US adults have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, CDC data shows.
Comedian Bill Maher has suspended taping his show after testing positive for COVID-19 despite being fully vaccinated.
HBO said in a statement that Maher “feels fine” and is asymptomatic, Variety reported. The statement added that the show’s taping has been rescheduled and no other staff tested positive for the virus. Maher was slated to interview astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson and “Hardcore History” podcast host Dan Carlin, according to the outlet.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website says vaccines are vital to curbing the spread of the virus, but added that there is a possibility that a low number of people might still become sick after vaccination.
“COVID-19 vaccines are effective and are a critical tool to bring the pandemic under control,” the CDC website reads. “However no vaccines are 100% effective at preventing illness. There will be a small percentage of people who are fully vaccinated who still get sick, are hospitalized, or die from COVID-19.”
Nearly 59 percent of U.S. adults have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, CDC data shows. More than 35 percent have been fully vaccinated. Data shows a consistent downward trend in new cases over the past 30 days.
Maher’s breakthrough virus follows a series of cases found in New York Yankees staff members and players. The major league team announced Tuesday that third base coach Phil Nevin, first base coach Reggie Willits, and an unknown staff member tested positive after vaccination. Shortstop Gleyber Torres, tested positive Thursday, bringing the total to eight, according to the New York Post.
CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said Thursday Americans who have been fully vaccinated can begin removing their mask during “indoor and outdoor activities, large or small.”
“If you are fully vaccinated, you can start doing the things that you had stopped doing because of the pandemic,” Walensky said. “We have all longed for this moment, when we can get back to some sense of normalcy.”
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