Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, testified at a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pension Commission hearing on federal coronavirus control at Capitol Hill, Washington, DC, on March 18, 2021. To do.
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US health officials are struggling to vaccinate more Americans to prevent the first identified Delta subspecies in India from multiplying throughout the United States.
This variant is the predominant strain in the UK, accounting for an estimated 60% of new cases. It is now more prevalent than the Alpha strain, formerly known as the B.1.1.7 strain, first identified in the UK, with infection peaking between the ages of 12 and 20. Tuesday. He said at a press conference.
In the United States, he said, the Delta variant accounts for more than 6% of cases where scientists were able to perform sequences. The actual number may be higher, as the United States carries out gene sequences in only a few cases.
“In the UK, the Delta subspecies is rapidly emerging as the dominant subspecies … it is replacing B.1.1.7,” Forch said. “I can’t forgive it in the United States.”
President Joe Biden aims to vaccinate 70% of adults in the United States at least once by July 4. In less than four weeks, 63.7% of the adult population is initially vaccinated, according to data compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. According to the CDC, about 53% of adults in the United States are fully vaccinated.
The first delta subspecies detected in October was Spreads to at least 62 countries, The World Health Organization said last week.
“We continue to observe a significant increase in infectivity and an increase in the number of countries reporting outbreaks associated with this variant,” WHO said last week, noting that further research is a high priority. ..
Delta shares are dominating India, causing infectious diseases and a surge in deaths, clogging hospital systems. The Government of India announced on Monday that it will soon begin offering the Covid-19 vaccine to all adults in the country free of charge.
Fauci also said that the Delta variant is highly contagious and may be at higher risk of hospitalization than the original “wild-type” Covid-19 strain.
NIH data show that a double dose of Pfizer vaccine is 88% effective against the delta variant.
Fauci will be vaccinated twice after an NIH study shows that a single dose of either vaccine was only 33% effective against the delta mutant 3 weeks after dosing. I emphasized the importance of that.
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