The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention hit a new tone of urgency on Thursday about the coronavirus pandemic, warning that the United States is "not out of the woods yet" and again finds itself at "another crux of this pandemic" as the variant Highly infectious Delta is tearing up communities with low vaccination rates.
Warning from director, Dr Rochelle Walensky, during briefing by members from the White House Covid-19 Response Team, was a marked change from just a few weeks ago, when President Biden threw a big July 4th party on the South Lawn of the White House to declare independence from the virus.
This reflects growing concern among officials ofadministration that the gains they seemed to have made are being erased - and that the current increase in cases will overwhelm health systems in parts of the country where vaccination rates are low and hospitalizations are high. Yet new cases, hospitalizations and deaths remain at a fraction of their previous devastating peaks. The vaccines remain effective against the worst consequences of Covid-19, including the Delta variant.
Dr. Walensky pleaded with unvaccinated people to "please take the Delta variant seriously," adding, "This virus has no incentive to stop, and it remains to find the next vulnerable person to infect. Please consider getting the vaccine and take precautions until you do. "
White House officials also announced Thursday that they depreportedly $ 1.6 billion authorized by Congress as part of the US bailout for testing and other mitigation measures in "high-risk assembly settings," including homeless shelters. shelter and prisons. And they said they would send $ 100 million to rural health clinics to support immunization education and outreach efforts in those communities, where immunization rates are generally low.