Vaccines approved for use in the United States are still able to prevent severe disease.
The new Delta strain, which emerged from a mutation of the COVID-19 virus and was first discovered in India, is the greatest threat to the fight against the coronavirus pandemic in the United States, the country’s leading infectious disease specialist, Dr. Anthony Fauci, said.
The Delta strain is “undoubtedly more contagious” compared to the original version of the virus, the scientist said, adding that this strain “is also associated with a more severe course of the disease.”
As a senior researcher at the World Health Organization said last Friday, the Delta strain is beginning to prevail over other coronavirus strains circulating in the world.
According to Fauci, vaccines approved for use in the United States, including the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine, are effective against the new COVID-19 strain.
“We have the tools, so let’s use them and put down the epidemic,” said a leading US infectious disease specialist.
The country’s leadership will not be able to achieve the previously set goal of getting 70% of the adult population at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine by July 4, and it will probably take several more weeks to achieve this goal, Jeffrey Zients, senior White House adviser on COVID-19, said on Tuesday.
Zients, speaking at a White House press briefing, added that by July 4, 70% of Americans over the age of 27 will have received at least one dose of the vaccine.
According to federal statistics, more than 150 million Americans were fully vaccinated by Monday, which is more than 45% of the country’s population. The Delta strain caused a severe COVID-19 outbreak in India in April and May, which claimed the lives of hundreds of thousands of people and became a serious test for the country’s medical services.