Covid-19: US grappling with ‘pandemic of the unvaccinated’ – News Vibe24

    Covid-19: US grappling with 'pandemic of the unvaccinated' - Times of India
    WASHINGTON: Two weeks after celebrating America’s near-independence of the Koran, President Joe Biden is facing the worrying reality of growing cases and deaths – and the limitations of his ability to fight persistent reluctance to persevere.
    Covid-19 cases have tripled in the last three weeks and hospitalizations and deaths are rising among unvaccinated people. While rates are still sharply lower than the January highs, officials are worried about reversible trends and what they see as unnecessary illness and death. And the cases are expected to continue to increase in the coming weeks.
    While the national emergency may have faded, officials say the outbreak is now a more local crisis in communities where not enough people have rolled up their sleeves.
    “Look, the only pandemic we have is among the unvaccinated,” Biden said on Friday, echoing comments he made earlier in the day by Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
    Rising numbers are driven by large pockets of infection among the more than 90 million eligible Americans who have not yet shot. Only four states with low vaccination rates accounted for 40% of new cases last week, and almost half of them came from Florida alone.
    However, there is little appetite in the White House to return to broad orders for masks or other measures, as 161 million Americans have already been fully vaccinated.
    Reflecting that mentality, Walensky said Friday that in low-vaccination areas with increasing incidence, “local policymakers could consider whether coverage at this point would be beneficial to their community.”
    Some communities act. Los Angeles County on Thursday reiterated its requirement to wear masks in most indoor environments regardless of vaccination status, and health officials in Las Vegas on Friday advised hotspot workers and patrons to wear face masks while inside.
    With three highly effective vaccines approved for use in the United States, the Biden government believes that the most effective way to attack the virus is not to try to slow the spread of mass-coverage and something like that – something the US has shown was not very good. last year – but to continue to push for the importance of vaccinations.
    It is not an easy solution. Many Americans remain resilient or unmotivated, despite months of creative efforts by many federal and state officials and the private sector to disseminate information about the safety and accessibility of vaccines.
    Surgeon General Vivek Murthy added that while government can play an important role, “this must be an ‘all-in-one’ strategy with everyone,” including schools, employers, technology companies and individuals.
    In recent days, the administration has turned to younger Americans. He invited pop star Olivia Rodrigo for a full day visit to the White House on Wednesday with Biden and top infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci, which was well documented on social media. Young people are at the lowest risk of side effects from the virus and have been shown to be less likely to be vaccinated.
    But another huge group has proven to be an even more difficult challenge: the Republicans. The White House has long acknowledged that, given the rampant misinformation about the nation’s vaccines and party divisions, it would have little success in persuading the GOP to join. Instead, administration officials have stepped up criticism in recent days of civil servants and social media companies for spreading or not condemning the vaccine misinformation spread among the GOP.
    “They are killing people,” Biden told social media companies on Friday, speaking a day after Murthy, the chief surgeon, warned that false information about vaccines spreading on platforms such as Facebook posed a risk to public health.
    Attempts to comment from major platforms were not immediately successful.
    The new government expression of frustration comes amid almost disbelief that tens of millions of Americans continue to refuse to be vaccinated, spreading the pandemic unnecessarily and costing lives, as health officials stress that almost all serious cases and deaths can now be avoided.
    More than 99% of Covid-19 deaths and 97% of hospitalizations are among people who have not been vaccinated, according to the CDC.
    The pandemic is now “one that primarily threatens unvaccinated people,” White House Covid-19 co-ordinator Jeff Zients said Friday.
    He said the Biden administration expects cases to increase in the coming weeks as they spread to communities with low vaccination rates. However, Zients added that there is evidence that increased cases are leading more people in these communities to seek vaccination, stating that “with higher rates, their vaccination rates are rising” faster than the national average.


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