Despite accounting for less than 25% of the country’s population, seven US states with the lowest Covid-19 immunisation rates account for half of the country’s new cases and hospitalizations in the last week, according to the White House. According to President Joe Biden’s Covid-19 coordinator, Jeff Zients, who spoke during a press briefing, the states are Florida, Texas, Missouri, Arkansas, Louisiana, Alabama, and Mississippi.
Florida and Texas are responsible for around a third of new coronavirus cases and an even larger proportion of hospitalizations in the country. Zients said, “Driven by the more transmissible Delta variant, these cases are concentrated in communities with low vaccination rates.” Although 70% of individuals in the United States have had at least one vaccination, only 40% of persons in Mississippi have done so.
As the extremely infectious Delta variety sweeps the country, the Biden administration has been trying to soften opposition to the vaccine among some Americans, especially those who distrust the government. Covid-19– According to US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Dr Rochelle Walensky, who also addressed at the conference, 19 cases are up approximately 43 percent from the previous week, and daily deaths are up more than 39 percent. According to a study by Johns Hopkins University, the coronavirus has killed more individuals in the United States than in any other country, with over 614,000 deaths.