WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
- The COVID-19 Delta variant that ravaged India is now detected in the United States.
- Dr. Anthony Fauci warned that the highly contagious variant can be a threat with a large percentage of the country still not vaccinated.
- President Joe Biden aims to get 70% of Americans vaccinated by July 4, but inoculations slump to a four-month low.
The COVID-19 Delta variant that devastated India is now in the United States, alarming medical experts with a large percentage of the country still not vaccinated.
The India variant, formerly known as B.1.617.2, has been detected in more than 6% of cases in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control.
The Delta variant has gained control in the U.K., representing 60% of the nation’s cases. COVID-19 restrictions in the UK, which are supposed to ease on June 21, are being reevaluated due to the rise in cases.
“We cannot let that happen in the United States,” top US infectious diseases expert Dr. Anthony Fauci said Tuesday during a White House COVID-19 briefing.
According to Fauci, the Delta variant may be “associated with increased disease severity” and a higher risk of hospitalization from COVID-19. He also noted that the vaccines have been effective against the strain.
A Public Health England study revealed that people who were fully vaccinated with Pfizer’s vaccine are protected by 88% against the Delta strain, NPR reported. A single dose merely offers 33% protection.
The vaccination rate in the U.K. slows down and inoculation to people in their twenties is just beginning to expand. Fauci called the situation a “powerful argument” for vaccination. He highlighted the importance for people to get both doses of Pfizer or Moderna’s vaccines, “and for those who have still not been vaccinated yet, please get vaccinated.”
President Joe Biden has aimed to get 70% of Americans vaccinated by July 4, however, inoculations have slumped in recent weeks.
The CDC reported that as of June 9, 51.8% of all Americans have been given at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and only 42.5% are fully vaccinated. 61.3% of vaccine-eligible Americans aged 12 and up have received at least one dose and 50.3% are fully vaccinated.