Daily US Times: With the spread of the more transmissible Delta variant of the coronavirus continuing nationwide, the recent surge cases is being largely driven by swaths of people that remain unvaccinated against the disease, according to one expert.
Medical analyst Dr. Leana Wen says: “We know that the vast majority of the spread is still by unvaccinated people.”
”The problem remains with the unvaccinated. And the way that we can get out of this pandemic is to increase vaccination rates,” Dr. Wen said Saturday.
Wen’s comments come as the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released data indicating that a small percentage of the fully vaccinated people can still be infected with the virus, be hospitalized, or die from the disease.
According to CDC’s latest data, less than 0.004% of people who have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 experienced a breakthrough case resulting in hospitalization, and less than 0.001% have died from the disease.
Breakthrough cases occur when coronavirus infects fully vaccinated people.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported a total of 6,587 breakthrough cases, including 1,263 deaths and 6,239 hospitalizations as of July 26.
At that time, more than 163 million people in the United States were fully vaccinated against Covid-19.
Wen clarified that the federal government’s recent guidance that people who are fully vaccinated against the virus should mask up is not an indication that the vaccines aren’t working.