More than nine in 10 Americans who died from Covid-19 in the United States in June were unvaccinated, according to Anthony Fauci – a statistic that health officials say is of particular concern given the prevalence of reluctance vaccine in some areas and the rise of the delta a variant.
Maryland reported this week that 100% of those who died from the coronavirus there in June had not been vaccinated, while more than 93% of those with new cases or who were hospitalized were not either. more protected.
Cases are increasing in nearly half of the states as low vaccination rates are achieved with the more transmissible and severe Delta or B.1.617.2 variant identified in India in December 2020.
Vaccines administered in the United States have been shown to be effective against the Delta variant, although they pose serious risks to those who are not vaccinated.
The variant is already the dominant strain of Covid-19 in the country, accounting for more than 50% of all new cases in the United States and up to 80% of cases in some regions, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published. Tuesday.
Joe Biden reiterated the urgency to vaccinate more Americans.
“We cannot get complacent now,” he said during a press briefing. “Millions of Americans are still unvaccinated and unprotected. And because of this, their communities are in danger, their friends are in danger, their loved ones are in danger. “
Anthony Fauci, the country’s top public health official, said that in June 99.2% of Covid deaths in the United States could be attributed to those who are not vaccinated.
CDC data shows that about 67% of U.S. adults aged 18 or older have received at least one dose of the vaccine, while 58% are fully immunized.
The percentages failed to meet Biden’s goal of 70% of adult Americans who received at least one dose of the vaccine by July 4.
Vaccination rates vary widely by state and region, with the west coast and northeastern states recording the highest rates while the southern states posting some of the lowest.
Some hesitation about vaccines appears to be closely tied to political beliefs, with a recent poll showing almost twice as many Democrats declared as Republicans reporting having been vaccinated.
For some, there is a long-standing distrust of government health programs, and some public awareness efforts are hampered by disinformation, especially disseminated through social media.
“The solution is vaccinations,” Asa Hutchinson, Republican governor of Arkansas, which has one of the lowest vaccination rates in the country, said Sunday on CNN’s State of the Union. “We’re in a race against this Delta variant, which is spreading very quickly, and every state is going to be faced with that. “
The data clearly showed that the vaccine has significantly reduced the number of Covid cases and deaths in the country.
The rapid deployment of the Covid-19 vaccine this year has prevented an additional 279,000 deaths and 1.25 million hospitalizations, according to a Commonwealth Fund study published Wednesday.
But public health experts warn that the continued spread of the Delta variant could cause a further increase in cases.
Last week, the World Health Organization (WHO) issued a recommendation saying everyone, including those who have been vaccinated, should wear masks indoors given the spread of the Delta variant. The recommendation contrasts with guidance from the CDC, which said in May that those who are vaccinated do not have to wear masks indoors.
States with below-average vaccination rates nearly tripled the rate of new Covid-19 cases compared to states with above-average vaccination rates, new data from Johns Hopkins University reported CNN, and in one example a Federal Government Relief Team ”was deployed to southwest Missouri to provide public health support.
William Moss, executive director of the International Vaccine Access Center at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, told the Washington Post: “There are people who still doubt the seriousness of Covid-19 and the effectiveness of the virus. vaccine… It’s still a serious illness. Vaccines are highly protective against these serious consequences. It’s real. “