Delta version biggest threat to America, responsible for 20% of Covid cases

Delta version biggest threat to America, responsible for 20% of Covid cases

WASHINGTON: The Delta variant has emerged as the biggest threat to US efforts to tackle the coronavirus pandemic as the country now accounts for more than 20 percent of cases, top infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci has said.
“As was the case with B117 – we are following the pattern with the delta version, if you look at from May 8 to 1.2, from 2.7 to 9.9 and as a couple, about a doubling time of about two weeks. With. Days ago, 20.6 percent of the isolates are delta,” Fauci said Tuesday at a White House briefing.
“Similar to the situation in the UK, the delta variant currently poses the biggest threat to our effort to eliminate COVID-19 in the US,” he said.
US President Joe Biden had earlier set a target to vaccinate 70 percent of the country’s adult population with at least one dose by July 4, however, it looks like the country may miss the target a bit.
Currently, 65 percent of the adult population has received at least one shot and 56 percent are fully vaccinated, according to data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). At current rates, the US is on track to reach about 67 percent of the population with at least one shot by July 4.
“Our aspirational target for July 4th was 70 percent of the adult population receiving at least one dose, but that is not a goal line, nor is it the end game. The final game is to go beyond, beyond July 4. summer and beyond, with the ultimate goal of completely crushing the outbreak in the United States,” Fauci said.
Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said low-vaccination people, especially young people between 18 and 26, are the main obstacles.
Furthermore, he added that the delta version is a growing threat and is more permeable than the original COVID virus and alpha version.
“Infectivity is unquestionably higher than wild-type SARS-CoV-2, as well as the alpha variant. It is associated with an increased disease severity, as reflected by the risk of hospitalization compared to alpha And in laboratory tests, sera from previously infected and vaccinated individuals linked to moderately decreased neutrality,” Fauci said.
However, the good news is that the Pfizer-BioNtech and Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccines are effective against the delta variant, said the 80-year-old coronavirus pandemic adviser to the US president.
“The effectiveness of the vaccines — in this case, two weeks after the second dose of Pfizer-BioNTech — was 88 percent effective against Delta and 93 percent effective against Alpha when you were dealing with symptomatic disease.
“When you’re hospitalized, both Pfizer-BioNtech and Oxford-AstraZeneca are 92 to 96 percent effective against hospitalization,” Fauci said.

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