Fearing that she will soon become the dominant strain, medical experts stress the importance of a full vaccination.
“I am worried about those who are not vaccinated,” US surgeon general Vivek Murthy told CNN Tuesday, noting that the Delta variant “is increasing rapidly here in the United States.”
The Delta variant “appears to be significantly more heritable than even the Alpha variant or the British variant, which is now dominant in the United States,” Murthy told CNN.
“The second reason this is concerning is that there is data to indicate that it may in fact also be more dangerous, may cause more serious illness. This still needs to be understood more clearly, but it is two important concerns and they partly explain … why it has become the dominant variant in the UK, where over 90% of cases are the Delta variant, ”said Murthy.
The good news is that the vaccines appear to be effective against the Delta variant.
A new study from Public Health England has found that two doses of a coronavirus vaccine is “very effective against hospitalization” caused by the Delta variant. The study found that the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine was 96% effective against hospitalization after two doses.
Murthy said there was not enough data to indicate the effectiveness of Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose vaccine with respect to the Delta variant, but the vaccine has been shown to help prevent hospitalizations. and deaths when people are infected with other strains.
“The key is to get the shot, to get the two doses,” Murthy said.
It comes just after the United States surpassed 600,000 deaths since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. This means that about one in 550 people in the United States has died from the virus.
States continue to reopen
So far, 14 states have met Biden’s goal of vaccinating 70% of adults with at least one dose by July 4, according to CDC data released on Tuesday.
New York is one of the states that has reached this milestone, pushing Governor Andrew Cuomo to lift all state-mandated Covid-19 restrictions.
Restrictions have been lifted across all business and social settings, including demands for social gatherings, capacity restrictions, social distancing, health screenings, cleaning and disinfection protocols, and contact tracing. Mask requirements will continue at pre-K facilities, transit and healthcare facilities, Cuomo said.
Fireworks were staged at various locations across the state on Tuesday evening to celebrate essential workers and the lifting of restrictions.
“It’s an important day, and we deserve it because it’s been a long, long road,” Cuomo said. “We can now return to life as we know it.”
California also lifted most of its Covid-19 restrictions on Tuesday, ending capacity limits, physical distancing and mask requirements for those vaccinated.
State enterprises are already adapting.
Meanwhile, in Maryland, Governor Larry Hogan has said his state will lift all Covid-19 restrictions and the state of emergency on July 1, including mask requirements. Businesses can always apply their own requirements, Hogan said.
Maryland has vaccinated 72.3% of its adult population with at least one dose so far, according to CDC data.
Delaware is getting there, with 68.3% of adults having received at least one dose, Gov. John Carney said. He added that his state expects his Covid-19 state of emergency order on July 13.
“Get vaccinated. Ask your friends and family if they have received their vaccines. These vaccines are extremely safe and effective,” Carney said.
Get more hits in the weapons
A month after Sandhills Pediatrics in Southern Pines, North Carolina began offering the Covid-19 vaccine, the firm gave 940 doses of the Pfizer vaccine – 268 did not go to patients, but more adults 23 years old.
Dr Christoph Diasio, a pediatrician at the practice, said he offered the vaccine to most patients and their families.
“I saw all the reactions of the arms crossed, jumping away from me;” There’s no way I’m getting it, “” to “I wanted – I just haven’t been able to program it with the job yet,” Diasio told CNN.
His office has offered other routine vaccines, such as the flu shot, to family members of patients for years. He says the practice is fairly common among pediatricians nationwide and may offer some protection to babies too young to receive the vaccine on their own.
CNN’s Laura Ly, Kelsie Smith, Virginia Langmaid, Christina Bowllan, Alec Snyder, Deidre McPhillips and Lauren Mascarenhas contributed to this report.