Jeff Zients, the White House Covid-19 Response Czar, speaks during a press conference at the White House discussing a pause in the delivery of the Johnson & Johnson Janssen Covid-19 vaccine on April 13, 2021 in Washington, DC, languages.
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As more and more people in the United States are being vaccinated against Covid-19, the vast majority of hospital admissions and deaths occur in people who have not yet received a Covid vaccination, White House officials said Thursday.
“Virtually all Covid-19 hospital admissions and deaths in the United States now occur in unvaccinated people,” Jeff Zients, White House coordinator of the coronavirus response, said at a news conference. He said cases will continue to rise, especially among those who have not been vaccinated, as the highly transmissible Delta variant takes hold in the US.
Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said the Covid vaccines currently in use are proving successful in preventing serious illnesses, hospitalizations and deaths from the Delta variant.
Recent data shows that “the vaccines are actually effective against the Delta variant,” said Dr. Anthony Fauci, Chief Medical Officer of the White House, in the briefing.
“The bottom line is that there is simply no reason that people 12 years and older should be seriously affected by this virus,” said Zients.
Federal officials are increasingly seeing outbreaks in communities with low vaccination rates, they said.
Walensky said the delta variant now accounts for about 80% of all new cases in parts of the Midwest and upper mountain states, according to early data.
“This rapid increase is worrying. We know that the Delta variant has increased the portability and is currently appearing in the country’s pockets with low vaccination rates,” said Walensky at the briefing.
The remarks came when President Joe Biden’s Covid team targeted it Vaccinate the remaining part of the population that hasn’t gotten the shots yet.
Millions of people in the US remain unvaccinated, “and because of this, their communities are at risk, their friends are at risk, the people they care about,” Biden said Tuesday. He said the administration was up focus more on increasing the availability of vaccinations in places like doctor’s offices and work environments, while expanding door-to-door efforts.
The Delta variant, which was first discovered in India, has now spread to more than 100 countries, including the USA, according to the World Health Organization.
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