President Joe Biden will return to the U.S. on Tuesday with a new petition for unvaccinated people to be shot and protected against the delta variant of the coronavirus, which the nation’s top public health agency has determined is more twice as contagious as previous strains.
“To put it in perspective: if you get sick with the alpha variant, you could infect about two people without vaccination. If you get sick with the delta variant, we estimate that you can infect about five more unvaccinated people, more than double the original strain, ”Walensky told reporters.
The seven-day moving average stood at 72,000 COVID-19 cases a day, 6,200 hospital admissions a day and 300 deaths a day, as of July 31, according to CDC data. All metrics have increased by at least 25% on weekdays, as the most infectious delta variant spreads across the United States.
Biden will address another key blueprint in his administration’s strategy to end the virus, that of limiting the spread of the virus abroad by giving vaccine doses to neighboring countries and beyond, according to a White House statement.
The United States has donated and shipped more than 110 million doses of its COVID-19 vaccine supply to more than 60 countries, working with the World Health Organization’s Covax program, which aims to vaccinate countries. with lower incomes, as well as other organizations.
“Our goals are to increase global vaccination coverage against COVID-19, prepare for the rises, and prioritize health care workers and other vulnerable populations based on public health data and recognized best practices and help our neighbors and other countries that need it, “the statement said. Biden will address at 3:45 p.m.
The CDC vaccine tracker shows that about 165 Americans are fully vaccinated, accounting for 49.7% of the global population. This means that they have had two doses of the vaccines developed by Pfizer PFE,
and German partner BioNTech BNTX,
and Modern MRNA,
or a dose of Johnson & Johnson’s JNJ,
one-dose vaccine. The AstraZeneca AZN,
the vaccine, widely used in the UK and elsewhere, has not been authorized for use in the US
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Among adults over the age of 18, 60.6% are fully vaccinated and 70% have received at least one dose, meeting Biden’s goal that was originally set for the July 4 holiday.
But with cases rising in all 50 states and most of them occurring in unvaccinated people, receiving gunshots has become more urgent than ever. Health experts have repeatedly warned that allowing new variants to spread could lead to an emerging one that is resistant to current vaccines, and would return scientists to the drawing board. White House officials are calling on employers to require vaccines against COVID-19.
The delta variant has created crises in Missouri, Arkansas, Louisiana and Florida, according to a New York Times tracker. Shows the county that includes Jacksonville, Florida, has an average of more than 900 cases a day.
Meanwhile, a new variant of the virus that emerged in Colombia is appearing in South Florida, according to the Washington Post. Variant B. 1,621 has not yet been assigned the Greek letter designation, but research is underway to determine if it causes more serious diseases or is resistant to vaccines.
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Media reports continue to reveal people who were wary of getting vaccinated and now regret their choice as they languish in intensive care units. The Washington Post reported on Tuesday that 1 in 5 adults aged 65 and over is not fully vaccinated, despite being in a particular risk group.
The document reported on several people who became very ill with the virus after leaving it too late to receive the shots. One patient cited in the paper had to undergo a double lung and a liver transplant.
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In New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio said residents will need vaccination tests to visit restaurants, gyms and live performances, as well as workers at all of these sites. The program will begin next month.
Elsewhere, Germany will begin offering vaccines against all children and adolescents 12 years of age or older, top health officials said Monday, the Associated Press reported. And, according to a Deutsche Welle report, health ministers have unanimously backed a plan to begin administering COVID-19 booster vaccines to elderly and at-risk citizens next month.
In China, the city of Wuhan, where the virus originated in late 2019, plans to test the virus of 12 million residents after registering its first locally transmitted cases of the delta variant, Reuters reported. The strain has been found in a handful of provinces and major cities, including Beijing, over the past two weeks following an outbreak in Nanjing in late July. Millions of Chinese are now subject to home orders.
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In the UK, which completely reopened its economy in July against the advice of hundreds of scientists and experts, England and Wales recorded more than 300 deaths from COVID during the week to 23 July, an increase of 50 % with respect to the previous week, according to ITV.com. . The figure is also a significant jump in recent months, with the closest 362 deaths recorded during the week to April 16.
Indonesia, which is struggling with a rocket of cases and deaths, is also running out of health workers, many of whom are also succumbing to the disease, the AP reported. Among the deaths in Indonesia are more than 1,200 health workers, including 598 doctors, according to the risk mitigation team of the Medical Association of Indonesia. Doctors included at least 24 who were completely vaccinated.
The global balance of coronavirus-borne disease topped 199 million on Tuesday, while the death toll rose above 4.24 million according to data added by Johns Hopkins University.
The US leads the world with a total of 35.1 million cases and in deaths with 613,769.
According to its official figures, India ranks second for 31.7 million cases and third for deaths at 425,195, which is expected to be lower.
Brazil is the second in deaths with 557,223, but is the third in cases, with 19.9 million. Mexico has the fourth highest death toll, with 241,279, but has only recorded 2.9 million cases, according to its official figures.
In Europe, Russia continues to advance in the UK by 158,263 deaths, while the UK has 130,039, making Russia the country with the fifth highest death toll in the world and the highest in Europe.
China has had 105,252 confirmed cases and 4,848 deaths, according to its official figures, which are considered not to be reported en masse.
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