According to Johns Hopkins University, the country has reported fewer than 14,400 daily infections and 427 deaths in the past seven days. It’s the lowest in the US. It has been seen since late March 2020, just weeks after the first pandemic was announced.
The good news comes when about 42 percent of Americans are fully vaccinated, while nearly 52 percent have received at least one dose, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
But health experts warn that the recent lag in vaccination rates has left millions unprotected from COVID-19. various species sent from other parts of the world to the United States
The United States reached its peak of daily vaccination on April 1, with more than 4.3 million people vaccinating a day, according to the CDC. An average of 560,000 Americans are vaccinated each day.
As the United States steps into what the former CDC director called the “short phase of the vaccination campaign,” health experts have drawn attention to both vaccine hesitation and accessibility.
Houston Methodist became the first major health care system in the US. scheduled for COVID-19 vaccination on March 31, starting with the manager According to the preliminary announcement from Houston Methodist CEO Marc Boom.
Boom told CNN that those who did not comply with his vaccination hospital’s policy were suspended after violating the principles of the medical profession.
“Everyone in our profession puts patients first. Requires us to keep our patients safe. by all that we can do So individuals who choose not to be vaccinated basically say they are against our doctrine. And they don’t put patients first,” Boom said.
Variant: ‘Powerful Argument’ in Vaccination
Experts warn that COVID-19, such as the B.1.617.2 strain first identified in India It poses a significant danger to those who are not vaccinated and rely on immunity from previous infections.
The spread and dominance of the variant in the UK, which was the first to be severely affected by the alpha variant – B.1.1.7 – could create problems for the United States if people are not vaccinated. Fauci speaks at the White House Covid-19 briefing.
“We cannot let that happen in the United States,” Fauci said at a briefing on COVID-19. of the White House on Tuesday, adding it was “such a powerful argument” to be vaccinated.
Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases warn that delta variables “It may be associated with increased severity of disease, such as the risk of hospitalization. compared to (Alpha variant, B.1.1.7)”
The variants are susceptible to the two available doses of vaccines from Pfizer and AstraZeneca, he said, but protection from these vaccines requires adherence to a two-dose schedule.
“The effectiveness of the vaccine was reduced in one dose,” Fauci said, “three weeks after a single injection. both vaccines (AstraZeneca) and Pfizer/BioNtech It is only 33% effective against delta symptomatic disease.”
He added that only variable boosters could be on the horizon.
Even people who have been infected with coronavirus should be vaccinated. Because research shows that the immunity obtained from the vaccination is better than the immunity from a previous infection, Fauci said.
CDC Releases New International Travel Advisory
The CDC uses levels 1 to 4 to identify threats in a given country, 1 is the lowest risk and 4 is the highest, depending on the number of Covid-19 cases at each level. But advice for unvaccinated people varies with the severity of the pandemic from country to country.
Iceland, Israel and Singapore were added Monday as the lowest risk category, and Brazil, India and Iraq are now level 4, meaning more than 500 cases per 100,000 inhabitants have been reported in the past 28 days.
For Tier 3 countries such as Mexico, Russia and Iran, the CDC recommends against unnecessary travel for unvaccinated people. These countries currently report 100 to 500 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.
The agency also recommends that unvaccinated travelers who are at high risk of serious illness from Covid-19 should not visit Tier 2 countries, including Finland, Cambodia and Kenya.
Finally, countries at level 1 such as Australia and New Zealand It is considered the lowest risk destination. With fewer than 50 COVID-19 cases reported in the past 28 days, the CDC still recommends vaccination before traveling to low-risk locations.
CNN’s Hollie Silverman, Holly Yan, Amir Vera, Ryan Prior and Carma Hassan contributed to this report.