Anna Mendez, LPN, will send the Modern COVID-19 vaccine to Vern Henderson on May 20, 2021 at a clinic set up by the Healthcare Network in Immokalei, Florida.
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The White House is deploying Covid-19 response teams across the United States to combat the highly contagious delta option, the Biden administration said in a statement.
Teams made up of officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other federal agencies will work with communities at high risk of the epidemic and focus on increasing the rate of vaccination against Covid-19, said White House Covid King Jeff Zients. White House pandemic news briefing.
The teams will also increase testing to expand virus detection, facilitate contact detection, and provide therapeutic tools to help treat those infected, he said. The government is ready to offer additional staff.
There are 1,000 counties in the U.S. with a vaccination rate of less than 30 percent, said CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Valensky at a briefing. These districts, primarily in the South and Midwest, are the weakest in the option, he said.
“Obviously, the federal government is ready to meet this moment and work with our state partners to respond to the delta option,” Zients said.
“As we continue to work with communities across the country to fire more guns, we will also work with governors and state and local health agencies to identify and address local needs in emergencies. “, he added.
The delta, originally identified in India but now found in at least 96 countries, is expected to become the dominant variant of the disease in the U.S. Delta prevalence is estimated to be 60 percent more contagious than the alpha variant first discovered in the UK. , According to the CDC, is doubling every two weeks in the U.S..
Health officials say the delta option is causing more serious symptoms, but more research is needed to confirm these findings. However, there are signs that a delta strain can cause symptoms that are different from other variants.
According to CDV estimates, this accounts for 26 percent of Covid cases in the United States. Dr. Anthony Fausi, the White House’s chief medical adviser, called the option “the biggest threat” to the nation’s attempt to eradicate Covid-19.
The WHO said this option was the fastest and most acceptable type of coronavirus, and it “selects” the most vulnerable people, especially in areas where vaccination rates against Covid are low. Recently, he called on everyone, including those vaccinated, to continue wearing masks as the variant spreads.
In some parts of the country, almost both series are delta options, Valensky said Thursday. With the spread of the option, officials expect an increase in infections if states cannot vaccinate more people, he added.
As of Thursday, more than 181 million Americans, or 54.6 percent of the U.S. population, had had at least one dose of Covid vaccine, according to data compiled by the CDC. According to the CDC, more than 155 million Americans are fully vaccinated.
“The delta option is expected to be the second most common option in the United States, and I expect the alpha option to catch on in the coming weeks,” he said, urging those with symptoms to get tested for Covid.
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