The American surgeon general Dr. Vivek Murthy told CNBC on Wednesday that there was reason to hope that the people who received the single shot were Johnson & Johnson The Covid-19 vaccine can be protected against the Delta variant of the virus.
Murthy pointed to data showing that the Oxford-AstraZeneca highly effective against hospital stays of the more contagious variant. He also said people should consider the AstraZeneca vaccine “a cousin” of J & J’s shot, as it was “built on a similar platform”.
“While we await direct trials of Johnson & Johnson and the Delta variant, we have reason to be hopeful because the J&J vaccine has been shown to be very effective against hospitalizations and deaths in all of the variants we have seen.” Date, “said Murthy “The news with Shepard Smith. “
World Health Organization officials called fully vaccinated people continued to wear masks, social distancing, and practice other pandemic-related safety measures as the Delta variant spreads around the world.
However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed on Wednesday that it was Leave it to the states and local health authorities Establish guidelines for wearing masks.
Murthy said the CDC’s guidelines were based on giving people flexibility.
“The CDC essentially gave people flexibility and choice in their guidelines, but wanted people to know that the risk of getting or passing this virus is small when fully vaccinated indoors or when fully outdoors required are vaccinated, “said Murthy.