Jeff Zients, White House Covid-19 Response Czar, speaks at a White House press conference where they spoke about a hiatus in the release of the Johnson & Johnson Janssen Covid-19 vaccine on April 13, 2021 in Washington, DC .
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As more people are vaccinated against Covid-1
“Nearly all Covid-19 hospitalizations and deaths in the United States now occur among unvaccinated individuals,” White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator Jeff Zients said during a news briefing. He said cases will continue to rise, especially among non-vaccinated individuals, especially as the delta variant takes hold in the United States
Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said the Covid vaccines currently in use prove to be a success in preventing serious illness, hospitalization and death from the delta variant.
Cases are still rising: The seven-day moving average of new cases rose to 13,900 per case. Today, an increase of 11% over the previous week, Walensky said.
But recent data shows that “the vaccines are actually effective against” the delta variant, said White House medical adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci in the briefing.
“The bottom line is that there is simply no reason why anyone 12 and older should be severely affected by this virus,” Zients said.
Federal officials are increasingly seeing outbreaks in communities with low vaccination rates, they said.
Walensky said that the delta variant now accounts for approx. 80% of all new cases in parts of the Midwest and Upper Mountain States, according to Early CDC data.
“This rapid increase is worrying. We know that the delta variant has increased transmissibility and that it is currently rising in the country’s pockets with low vaccination rates,” Walensky said during the briefing.
The remarks came as President Joe Biden’s Covid team aimed to inoculate the rest of the population who have not yet received the shots.
Millions of people in the United States remain unvaccinated, “and therefore their communities are at risk, their friends are at risk, the people they care about are at risk,” Biden said Tuesday. He said the administration is focusing more on increasing vaccination availability in places like doctors’ offices and work settings, while expanding efforts from house to house.
The Delta variant, first discovered in India, has now spread to more than 100 countries including the United States, according to the World Health Organization.
Researchers predict that the highly transmissible variant is likely to have a long-term impact around the world in the foreseeable future.
Olympic organizers announced Thursday that they are banning all spectators from this year’s game in Japan, who have just declared a new Covid-related state of emergency in Tokyo, in part because of the delta variant.
Nearly 158 million people in the United States are fully vaccinated – approx. 48% of the population according to CDC data. Just over 67% of Americans aged 18 and over have received at least one dose.
– CNBCs Berkeley Lovelace Jr. contributed to this report.