The CDC said the Delta variant currently accounts for about 1 in 5 new cases in the United States. And with more than half of the population still not fully vaccinated, according to the CDC, health experts and officials worry that regions with low levels of virus protection could rise sharply in the fall and winter.
Scott Gottlieb, a former FDA commissioner, told CBS that in terms of the delta spread, the US is about a month or two behind the UK. This is a country with a large number of cases, despite the relatively high vaccination rates. for such countries The World Health Organization advised last week that even those who are fully vaccinated should continue to wear masks.
in Los Angeles County. The spread of this variable has prompted authorities to reintroduce mask recommendations in indoor public spaces. regardless of vaccination status
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health called it “the scourge.”; “Precautionary Measures” issued a voluntary mask advisory on Monday. He said it was necessary until health officials had “Better understand how delta variables propagate and with whom.”
Experts say the evidence points to vaccines like those from Moderna and Pfizer/BioNTech. That provides a lot of protection against the variant, but LA’s director of public health, Barbara Ferrer, says it’s not clear what the future of the variant will hold as it becomes more prevalent.
But not all local leaders will return to recommend preventive measures at this time.
Phil Murphy, Governor of New Jersey Monday announced that masks will not be enforced in government school buildings.
more than two months before the school opened. Murphy noted that these rules can change depending on how the virus spreads and how the CDC decides.
“This is our best feeling going back to school. It was more than an educated guess,” Murphy said.
Take action now to fully immunize your child before the new school year.
For parents concerned about the possibility that regional diversity increases during the fall season. Now is the time to vaccinate your kids at school.
Many large school systems including Atlanta Fort Myers, Florida; Flagstaff, Arizona; and the entire state of Hawaii Start school in the first two weeks of August
It took five weeks for Pfizer’s vaccine to be fully vaccinated. This is the only vaccine permitted for teenagers ages 12 to 17, meaning that, for example, Atlanta students must have their first vaccination by July 1 to be fully immunized by the first day of school. on August 5
Pfizer’s vaccine is given in two doses spaced three weeks apart. After the second dose It will take two weeks for a person to be fully vaccinated, according to the CDC.
As of June 24, nearly 1 in 5 children between the ages of 12 and 15 were fully vaccinated, and nearly a third of 16 and 17 adolescents were fully vaccinated, according to the CDC.
Some vaccines offer years of protection, studies show.
Another question experts search for answers as the strain spreads: How long does vaccine protection last?
A new study suggests that vaccines Pfizer/BioNTech Two doses should not give an influenza vaccine that requires an annual booster dose. This is different from influenza vaccines that require years of immunization.
The human body produces immune system components called antibodies to attack and neutralize invaders such as viruses. But these things die over time. to ensure a long-term response The body needs to maintain the ability to make additional antibodies that can respond as needed to certain viruses or bacteria. It does this with B cells.
Researchers from Washington University in St. Louis found that people who received both doses of the Pfizer/BioEntech vaccine had a small plant. The so-called incubation centers produce B cells that should be remembered specifically for the coronavirus. This means there is a possibility for long-lasting protection. The study was published in the journal Nature.
As authorities continue to struggle to boost the reluctance to vaccinate a population for the United States It is possible to bypass the thresholds necessary to control the spread of the community. Concerns grow that mobilizing supporters will add another challenge.
And for those who want protection but are afraid of potential side effects, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. said on Monday that There is no evidence that the COVID-19 vaccine It affects fertility and benefits of vaccinated pregnant women. outweigh the risks
Fauci noted that “Tens of thousands and tens of thousands of people” are vaccinated while pregnant and before becoming pregnant.
It is clear that COVID-19 can be extremely dangerous during pregnancy. He said at an online event organized by the Department of Health and Human Services.
“A mother can have an unwanted pregnancy event as well as an unborn baby,” he said. “The best thing we can do to protect ourselves is vaccination.”
CNN’s Alexandra Meeks, Christina Bowllan, Naomi Thomas, Maggie Fox, Elizabeth Cohen and Lauren Mascarenhas contributed to this report.