On Tuesday, Rochelle Walensky, the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention informed that nearly 83% of COVID-19 cases of the US are of the Delta variant. The latest figure is up from 50% from the first week of July.
In a statement before the Senate Health Committee, Walensky mentioned that in the US, places with limited vaccination coverage are witnessing a surge in cases with the Delta variant. She reiterated that the deaths can be prevented only by being vaccinated.
“Each death is tragic and even more heartbreaking when we know that the majority of these deaths can be prevented with a simple, safe, available vaccine,” Walensky said.
Addressing the media, she cited that the ‘vaccination is the most powerful weapon to prevent the spread of COVID-19’. As per research, the top federal medical officer mentioned that the majority of COVID-19 cases were being witnessed in the unvaccinated population. For a long time, she has been emphasizing the need for maximum people to be vaccinated.
“We are seeing outbreaks of cases in parts of the country that have low vaccination coverage because unvaccinated people are at risk. Communities that are fully vaccinated are generally faring well,” she had said last week.
Studies unfold that the US has inoculated less than half of the population so far, while states that have the lowest rate of vaccination are seeing a surge in cases amid the threat of a third wave. States that have the lowest rate of vaccination are Oklahoma, Missouri, Arkansas, Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi.
The US is administering 5,21,000 doses daily, an 85 percent decrease from a peak in April when 3.38 million doses were administered every day.