“For those who are not vaccinated They are more at risk as more strains are added,” Surgeon General Vivek Murthy told CNN’s Chris Cuomo on Wednesday, referring to the variant B.1.617.2, or Delta, which was first identified in India.
“The news about the Delta variant is real evidence of why we need to vaccinate it as soon as possible,” he said, adding that the variant is more contagious and potentially more dangerous.
Many health professionals and officials are concerned about the risks of making changes. to end the reopening of the country across the country
“We don’t want it to happen in the US with what is happening in the UK right now. where you have a difficult variable that essentially replaces the main variable. This makes the situation in the UK very difficult,” he said on Wednesday, adding that the delta variant accounts for more than 6 percent of virus sequences in the United States.
While the United States is “very good at vaccinating the population,” Fauci said, “we cannot declare a premature victory. Because there are still a lot of people who haven’t been vaccinated.”
Stéphane Bancel, CEO of Moderna, said: “We are pleased to announce that we have filed an emergency approval of the COVID-19 vaccine with the FDA for use in adolescents in the United States.” 19 is highly effective in preventing the spread of COVID-19 and SARS-CoV-2 in adolescents.”
Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee and Wyoming have some of the lowest vaccination rates in the country, according to the CDC, and officials are urging people to know that the best way forward is vaccination.
Murthy told CNN, “The good news is that when they look at the Pfizer vaccine, They found it to be quite effective after two injections in preventing even the delta variant.”
The state is looking forward
In another example of local optimism with better COVID-19 numbers, about two dozen states have decided to reduce daily patient follow-up. hospitalization and death According to Johns Hopkins University this week
Many states have scaled back to five updates each week. But some states have reduced that to three times or less. Florida, for example, is reduced to once a week.
However, some health officials have called the move premature. due to the current vaccination rate It claimed improvements were needed in these areas before the state could release the accelerator on COVID-19.
“As far as I know We are still in a public health emergency as a country … that hasn’t been downgraded,” Lori Tremmel Freeman, chief executive of the National Association of County and City Health Officials, told CNN on Wednesday.
“The ultimate goal is to reach a point where even those who are not vaccinated are much less at risk. And no one I know has really gotten into that number,” Freeman said of herd immunity.
This week, several states across the country announced plans to further loosen their Covid-19 protocols. South Carolina revokes emergency orders placed in the state. It addressed what Henry McMaster’s government called the “shy” approach the state used to shut down and restrictions.
“There is no need for an emergency anymore. Although we still need to be smart, follow the rules, follow the guidelines. And be very careful,” McMaster said.
In New York, the state plans to lift restrictions related to the pandemic. “Almost all” when 70 percent of adults receive at least one dose of the vaccine, government office Andrew Cuomo said at a news conference on Wednesday. The state is currently at 69.1%, according to the disclosure.
Expired vaccines are a new problem.
with a delay in vaccination rates Some states have reported that they have doses of the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine that will expire before they are introduced.
“There have been government health officials who have been sounding the alarm for months. And they will soon reach a point where supply exceeds demand in these states,” CNN medical analyst Dr Lena Wen said Wednesday.
Wednesday’s CDC data said: The average daily seven-day vaccine in the United States is more than 1.12 million, up slightly from early June. But below the average of 3.38 million matches per day on April 13.
for the remaining Johnson & Johnson vaccines in the United States. It must be used only once when dispensed and has a shelf life of 3 months at refrigerated temperatures. Reduced demand means that traffic will be discontinued and may expire soon.
Dr. Fauci said Wednesday that US Food and Drug Administration It is “extremely cautious” in looking to extend the shelf life or allocation of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine that is about to expire.
Alex Gorsky, Johnson & Johnson Chairman and CEO, said at the Wall Street Journal Tech Health on Wednesday: The company is working to ensure that vaccines can be used and used effectively.
“We are working hard. both at the federal level, at the local level To do everything we can to ensure that these vaccines can be used and used in the best way,” Gorsky said.
“The good news is that we have received a large number of vaccines to meet the growing demand at this early stage. And now make sure we get the best possible deployment and allocation. and the distribution system will be more flexible more flexible Not only in the United States, between states, but in reality. Globally, it will be our next priority over the next few weeks and months,” he said.
CNN’s Lauren Mascarenhas, Adrienne Vogt, Deidre McPhillips, Jacqueline Howard, Jamiel Lynch, Laura Ly, Lauren del Valle, Nadia Kounang, Rebekah Riess and Naomi Thomas contributed to the report.