COVID cases are rising rapidly in the United States as it dominates the highly contagious variant of Delta and vaccinations are stagnating, according to data shown Wednesday.
The seven-day average of new cases was 13,859 as of July 6, 21% more than in two weeks earlier, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Cases attributed to more recent days could rise further due to a lag in reports following the July 4 holiday weekend.
The rise is presented as the Delta variant, which is more transmissible than any previous strain, which accounted for about 52 percent of cases in the two weeks ending July 3, according to the CDC.
Despite having one of the highest vaccine availabilities in any country, the U.S. vaccination campaign has fallen sharply since April.
President Joe Biden overlooked his goal of having 70% of adults vaccinated at least partially on Independence Day, with a current figure of 67%.
Regions in the Midwest and South with lower vaccination rates are experiencing higher case rates than regions with high vaccination rates, such as the Northeast, a trend that has become increasingly apparent in recent years. weeks.
A hospital in Springfield, Missouri, ran out of fans to treat COVID patients hospitalized over the weekend, local media reported.
The city of two hundred hospitals of 160,000 treated 213 patients with COVID-19 as of Monday, up from 168 on Friday and 31 on May 24, the Kansas City Star said.
“The trajectory we are likely to see is two different flavors of the pandemic in the United States, one in which it is more of a problem in places where there is a high level of unvaccinated individuals,” Amesh Adalja of the Johns Hopkins Center told Health Security told AFP.
“In other parts of the country, the pandemic will be largely something that is controlled like an ordinary respiratory virus,” he added.
Adalja said that even with Delta becoming the dominant strain, it foresaw a “decoupling” of hospitalizations and deaths from rising cases in highly vaccinated regions, as has been seen in Israel.
“Every time I think we need to start moving the focus away from cases and really look at hospitalizations, because that’s the purpose of the vaccine: it was designed to separate cases from hospitalization,” he said.
Real-world data has shown that the Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson and AstraZeneca vaccines have maintained high efficacy against severe COVID and the same is true of the Modern vaccine, according to experts.
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