Nearly all deaths, hospitalizations are among the unvaccinated
Jeff Zentes, the White House’s Covid-19 response czar, speaks during a press conference at the White House where they talk about a pause in the release of the Johnson & Johnson Janssen Covid-19 vaccine on April 13, 2021, in Washington, DC.
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White House officials said Thursday that as more people get vaccinated against Covid-19 in the United States, the vast majority of hospitalizations and deaths occur among people who have not yet received the Covid shot.
“Almost all hospitalizations and deaths of Covid-19 in the United States now occur among unvaccinated individuals,” Jeff Zentes, the White House coronavirus response coordinator, said at a news briefing. He said cases will continue to rise, especially among unvaccinated individuals, especially as the delta variant takes hold in the United States.
Currently in use, the Covid vaccines in use are proving successful in preventing severe disease, hospitalization and death from the delta variant, said Rochelle Wallinsky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Cases still rising: Walinsky said the seven-day moving average for new cases rose to 13,900 a day, an 11% increase from the previous week.
White House chief medical advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci said in the briefing that recent data shows that “vaccines are indeed effective against” the delta type.
“The bottom line is simply that there is no reason for anyone 12 years of age or older to be severely affected by this virus,” Zenz said.
And federal officials are increasingly seeing outbreaks in communities with low vaccination rates, they said.
Walensky said the delta variant now accounts for nearly 80% of all new cases in parts of the Midwest and High Mountain states, he said early on. Center for Disease Control data.
“This rapid rise is worrying. We know that the delta variant has increased transmissibility and is currently increasing in pockets of countries with low vaccination rates,” Walinsky said at the press conference.
These comments came as President Joe Biden’s Covid team sets its sights on Vaccination of the remainder of the population that hasn’t gotten the shots yet.
Biden said Tuesday that millions of people in the United States remain vulnerable, “and because of that, their communities are at risk, their friends are at risk, and the people they care about are at risk.” management said Focus more on enhancing vaccination availability In places such as doctors’ offices and workplaces, while expanding door-to-door outreach efforts.
According to the World Health Organization, the delta variant, which was first detected in India, has spread to more than 100 countries including the United States.
The highly portable variable is Scientists expect it to have a long-term impact around the world for the foreseeable future.
Nearly 158 million people in the United States have been fully vaccinated — about 48% of the population, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Just over 67% of Americans age 18 and older received at least one dose.
– CNBC’s Berkeley Lovelace Jr. contributed to this report.