While the hazardous Delta Variant poses a threat to the United States as it struggles to recover from the Covid-19 outbreak, researchers say the country has the tools it needs to combat the threat — if the public uses them. Everyone above the age of 12 can get the Covid-19 vaccine. Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told CNN’s Jake Tapper that those still dying from Covid-19 in the United States are “overwhelmingly” unvaccinated.
CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said, “They are nearly 100% effective against severe disease and death — meaning nearly every death due to Covid-19 is particularly tragic, because nearly every death, especially among adults, due to Covid-19 is at this point entirely preventable.” According to the CDC, 65.5 percent of the adult population in the United States had gotten at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine as of Tuesday night.
The Delta variant, which is thought to be more transmissible and lethal, is the “biggest threat” to the US efforts against the virus, according to Fauci, who spoke at a White House briefing on Tuesday. Fauci believes a return to the high viral surges of 2020 is unlikely, but areas that refuse to be vaccinated could see localized outbreaks as the summer progresses. Our vaccines are effective against the Delta variety, which is good news.