The head of the country’s top public health agency warned that the United States is experiencing an “unvaccinated pandemic” because of a 70% increase in new coronavirus cases in the past week.
Rochelle Varensky, director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said at a press conference on Friday morning that more than 33,000 infections were reported across the United States on Thursday. This raises the 7-day average of new cases from approximately 15,500 cases a week ago to approximately 26,300 cases per day.
“This is becoming an unvaccinated epidemic,” Varensky said. “We have seen outbreaks in parts of the country where vaccination coverage is low, because people who have not been vaccinated are at risk.”
She said that communities with a high percentage of fully vaccinated residents are “well overall,” but federal and state health officials are increasingly pointing to a high percentage of new Covid-19 hospitalizations and deaths among unvaccinated people .
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said on Friday: “We know that 99.5% of those who are hospitalized are not vaccinated, and those who have died of Covid are not vaccinated either.” “The data is clear.”
Although the number of new cases is still far below the peak PandemicThe recent growth has raised concerns that new restrictions may be needed again to prevent the healthcare system from becoming overwhelmed, especially as the rate of vaccination slows.
The vaccination campaign in the United States has lost its momentum after a fiery start. Although there is ample supply, there are still some people who are afraid or unwilling to get vaccinated.
The Biden administration also expressed concern that vaccine hesitation is increasing misinformation Share on social media platforms.
When asked about Facebook’s role on Friday, Biden said: “They are killing people…. Our only pandemic is unvaccinated people. They are killing people.”
According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the United States has fully vaccinated 48.3% of the population. The nationwide dose rate dropped from an average of more than 3.4 million doses per day in mid-April to approximately 421,000 doses per day during the week ending July 10.
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Jeff Zients, coordinator of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, said that in the past week, four states, Florida, Texas, California, and Missouri, accounted for more than 40% of new coronavirus cases in the United States. In the past week, Florida alone accounted for one-fifth of new infections.
According to Mississippi’s top health official, Thomas Dobbs, in Mississippi, unvaccinated people accounted for 94% of COVID-19 cases, 87% of hospitalizations and 93% of deaths this week. Mississippi has the lowest vaccine coverage in the United States, with only 33.6% of residents fully vaccinated.
According to data from the CDC, Arkansas, Missouri, Florida, Nevada, and Louisiana have an average of more than 20 new cases per 100,000 people per day, while the national average is nearly 8 cases. Vaccination rates are increasing, Zients said.
The increase in cases is also related to highly infectious Delta variant According to the CDC, Covid-19 now accounts for more than half of new infections.
Varensky’s warning comes as some counties and cities have reverted to pandemic guidelines to prevent further outbreaks, especially those related to delta mutations.
Los Angeles announced on Thursday that it will Restore its mask authorization This weekend, individuals are required to wear masks indoors again, regardless of the vaccination status. The decision was made less than a month after the city and other parts of California lifted restrictions on fully vaccinated residents on June 15.
Chicago placed this week limit Unvaccinated travelers from Missouri and Arkansas, this is a hot spot for the Delta variant.