Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Rochelle Walensky said COVID-19 is “becoming a pandemic of the unvaccinated” and that vaccinated people are protected against severe disease.
The highly transmissible delta variant is fueling expanding outbreaks, but they are centered in parts of the country with lower vaccination rates.
“We are seeing outbreaks of cases in parts of the country that have low vaccination coverage, because unvaccinated people are at risk,” she bemoaned.
The country is averaging about 26,000 cases per day, nearly a 70 percent increase from the previous seven-day average, Walensky said.
Hospitalizations are also up to about 2,790 per day, a 36 percent increase from the prior week, and deaths are up 26 percent, to 211 per day.
But almost all of the hospitalizations and deaths are among unvaccinated people. Walensky said 97 percent of people entering the hospital with COVID-19 are unvaccinated.
“The good news is if you are fully vaccinated you are protected against severe COVID, hospitalization and death, and are even protected against the known variants, including the delta variant, circulating in this country,” Walensky said.
“If you are not vaccinated, you remain at risk,” she added.
Meanwhile, Surgeon General Vivek Murthy is calling on social media companies and others to do more to fight misinformation on vaccines.
“Nearly every death we are seeing now from COVID-19 could have been prevented,” he said
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Edited by Jesus Chan
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