C.D.C. Urges Americans to Get Vaccinated Amid Virus Surge


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C.D.C. Urges Americans to Get Vaccinated Amid Virus Surge

Dr. Rochelle Walensky, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, warned that the U.S. is at “another pivotal point in this pandemic” as the infectious Delta variant continues to drive the majority of new Covid-19 cases.

“The Delta variant is spreading with incredible efficiency, and now represents more than 83 percent of the virus circulating in the United States. Compared to the virus we had circulating initially in the United States at the start of the pandemic, the Delta variant is more aggressive, and much more transmissible than previously circulating strains. It is one of the most infectious respiratory viruses we know of, and that I have seen in my 20-year career. We are yet at another pivotal moment in this pandemic, with cases rising again and some hospitals reaching their capacity in some areas.” “Unvaccinated individuals account for virtually all 97 percent of the Covid hospitalizations and deaths in the U.S. The data is clear. The case increases are concentrated in communities with low vaccination rates.”

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