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Survey shows growing concerns about delta variant

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Americans are increasingly concerned about the delta variant of the coronavirus and are divided along party lines on President BidenJoe Biden Biden calls on Congress to pass voting rights bills on the anniversary of John Lewis’s death Afghan and Taliban officials meet in Qatar amid withdrawal of US troops Biden’s administration investigates cases of ‘Havana syndrome’ in Austria MOREhandling of the new strain, according to a new survey.

A CBS / YouGov survey published over the weekend found that 62 percent of Americans say they are concerned about the Delta variant, now the dominant strain in the United States, including 48 percent of people who indicated they are not vaccinated.

Seventy-two percent of vaccinated Americans said they are concerned about the Delta variant. Of those surveyed who said they weren’t vaccinated, 53 percent cited “concerned about side effects” as their reason for refusing the vaccine.

Federal health officials have repeatedly said that all three vaccines used in the United States are safe and effective in fighting the coronavirus and the Delta variant.

President Biden has vowed to work harder this summer to combat misinformation about coronavirus vaccines and receive more injections across the country.

On Sunday, Surgeon General Vivek Murthy He said the United States is seeing a “proliferation of misinformation online” that is causing national vaccination rates to drop since the spring.

“We continue to see a proliferation of misinformation online and we know that misinformation about health harms people’s health. It costs them their lives, ”he said.

On partisan lines, 57 percent of Republicans in the CBS / YouGov poll said Biden is focusing too much on vaccinating people. Only 35 percent of Democrats said the same.

Eighty-four percent of Democrats said they are or plan to be fully vaccinated, compared with 62 percent of Republicans and 67 percent of independents.

Nearly 30 percent of Republicans surveyed said they will not be vaccinated.

YouGov conducted the survey of 2,238 American adults between July 14 and 17. It has a margin of error of 2.4 percentage points.

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