US coronavirus: The Delta variant will trigger ‘very dense outbreaks’ in these 5 states, professional says

“It won’t be that ubiquitous,” said Dr. Scott Gottlieb, former commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration, on Sunday. “It’s going to be hyperregionalized. There are certain parts of the country that will have very dense outbreaks.”

These bags will be those with low vaccination rates and low rates of previous infections, Gottlieb said, as in many rural and southern parishes. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 46.1% of the total U.S. population has been vaccinated against Covid-19. Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Wyoming are among the states with the lowest vaccination rates, with less than 35% of their populations being fully vaccinated.

The national figure is far from the 70 to 85% of the population that experts including Dr. Anthony Fauci estimate they’ll likely need to get immune from a vaccine or previous infection to control the spread of the virus – and as vaccination rates fall, some officials fear the U.S. won’t get to that threshold.

To forestall a possible outbreak, Gottlieb recommended that governors build health resources in vulnerable communities and leaders start a grassroots vaccination campaign in the fall.

“People who are supposed to be convinced by Tony Fauci or the General Surgeon – or myself – to get vaccinated are likely already vaccinated,” he noted. “We need to get vaccines into the hands of doctors and make it easier for doctors to get vaccines in their offices.”

Although vaccination rates may be slowing, Gottlieb said he was optimistic that some unvaccinated Americans will soon make the decision to get the vaccine when they return to work and school in the fall.

Arkansas governor urges more people to get vaccinated as hospital admissions increase

In Arkansas wherever 33.9% of residents are fully vaccinated, Governor Asa Hutchinson is encouraging residents to get vaccinated – and preparing contingency plans to deal with a possible outbreak.

Along with low vaccination rates, Arkansas is experiencing high hospital admissions, Hutchinson told CBS.

“We need to make sure that we are doing everything in our power to spread what we have. We used incentives that weren’t very effective. We obviously did marketing for our vaccines. We train and do everything. ”We can. And we’re already vaccinated up to 50% of adults, but we still have to do more. We are doing everything we can to promote this, “said CBS Governor John Dickerson in an interview on Sunday morning.

The state offered incentives ranging from $ 1 million to $ 20 lottery scratch-offs and $ 21 certificates with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission that could be redeemed for a fishing license or a hunting / fishing license. A total of more than $ 19 million in cash prizes were offered as an incentive, a lottery official told CNN last month.

States like Arkansas are hoping to stave off pressure on Missouri health systems as many hospitals have not fully recovered from previous Covid-19 spikes.

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“Both hospitals here in town are congested,” said Erik Frederick, chief administrative officer of Mercy Hospital Springfield in Springfield, Missouri, last week.

Despite an increasing number of hospitalizations, Hutchinson believes he doesn’t believe that strict restrictions are again needed to prevent the virus from spreading as people are better informed about how to behave. However, he did not rule out the possibility of imposing restrictions.

“People know what to do. They depend on it, and we have to rely on their individual responsibility to do the right thing,” he said.

However, Hutchinson said he was concerned about a winter with the Delta variant.

And when it comes to increasing the urgency of vaccination, he said, “If the incentives don’t work, reality will.”

Health experts ask: do all vaccines offer adequate protection against variants?

Fortunately, the evidence so far suggests that the US is armed with powerful tools to protect against the spread of the Delta variant.

Britain is about a month or two ahead of the US when it comes to the spread of the Delta variant, Gottlieb told CBS. That means the U.S. has some helpful data to help predict ahead of a possible outbreak.

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From this data, health professionals estimate that Moderna and Pfizer / BioNTech vaccines are about 90% effective in preventing disease and 94% effective in serious illness and hospitalization of the Delta variant, said CNN medical analyst Dr. Jonathan Reiner.

“The problem is that in the US we don’t have the same data for the Johnson & Johnson vaccine,” he added.

Although around 12 million people have received the single-dose vaccine, health experts have yet to see how it protects against the Delta variant. Reiner said he hopes the CDC will soon answer questions about Johnson & Johnson’s effectiveness and what those who received that vaccine should do to protect themselves from the variant.

“We have two very effective vaccines against the Delta variant, and if the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is significantly less effective, we should stop giving it,” Reiner told CNN.

CNN’s Lauren Mascarenhas and Nicky Robertson contributed to this report.

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