Joe Biden warned that while the United States has Covid-19 “on the run,” the latter variant is of particular concern among those who remain unvaccinated, as the president’s goal of 70% of American adults receiving at least one injection of the vaccine before the fourth of July holidays would fall short.
New cases of coronavirus in the US increased 10% last week as the highly contagious Delta variant spreads, especially where vaccination rates are low.
“I am concerned that people who have not been vaccinated have the ability to contract the variant and pass the variant to other people who have not been vaccinated,” Biden said Friday.
“I’m not worried that there is going to be a major outbreak… another epidemic across the country. But I am concerned that lives will be lost, ”he added.
Celebrating strong employment data on Friday, Biden said, “Our economy is on the move and we have Covid-19 on the run.”
But the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Rochelle Walensky, said that areas with low vaccination rates were becoming hotspots for new infections, even as the situation in the country as a whole was getting better.
Nearly 25% of new infections in the US have been linked to the “hypertransmittable” Delta variant, first identified in India, up from 6% in June.
As of July 1, 66.8% of American adults have received at least one dose of vaccine. A total of 54.6% of all Americans have received one or more injections.
“We are very, very close to that [government] objective, ”said Iwan Barankay, professor of business economics and public policy at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
But he added: “We need to target more than 70% to achieve herd immunity. We have to think clearly about who [has] They haven’t been vaccinated yet and we understand why … we have to think about people who are just vehemently opposed, based on their pure convictions or how they understand the evidence and the science. “
Barankay said federal funding and vaccine supplies were already available to communities that have low vaccination rates, but state and local governments must carry the torch in the final stretch to persuade people, with decentralized messages, to get vaccinated.
“I’m actually quite impressed with the number of people who got vaccinated, my benchmark was how many people would get the flu shot in a severe year with the flu,” he said, adding that it is generally around 55% of the people.
The United States has recorded 33.7 million coronavirus cases and 605,000 deaths, the highest totals in the world, according to the Johns Hopkins coronavirus resource center.
Inoculation levels vary considerably across the US In mid-June, Vermont became the first state where 80% of eligible people have received at least one injection and up to 66% are fully vaccinated, making it the highest status in the Becker Hospital Review report. vaccine tracker, which is based on federal data.
Mississippi ranks last in the US for being shot in weapons, according to the tracker, with just under 30% of people fully vaccinated.
Vermont health commissioner Mark Levine called the political divisions over vaccines “a major challenge” for Biden.
“Vermont and the Northeast [are] doing extraordinarily well. Then hey [Biden] Are the Midwest states not achieving those rates that have more polarization and politicization of the vaccine than we are? We just live in a very heterogeneous country, “he told The Guardian.
Levine added: “It’s really tough for the president when there are governors in some states with low vaccination rates who are very polarized about their position on vaccines. It is a great challenge for him. “