For people who are fully vaccinated, the variant “presents very little danger to you, very little chance that you’re going to get sick,” he explained.
Slavitt and other experts have said that full approval for vaccines from the US Food and Drug Administration could encourage more people to get vaccinated. Current vaccines distributed in the US are authorized for emergency use only. On Tuesday, Slavitt said full approval for the Pfizer vaccine could come as early as this month.
As of Wednesday, less than half of the US population has been fully vaccinated.
Overall, the three countries account for more than a third of all global deaths. The US, which has the largest number of 606,000, accounts for 15% of the global total, followed by Brazil and India.
Fears about more types if people don’t get vaccinated
But the Delta variant is not the only one to worry health experts.
“I’ll tell you now that you want to see who’s getting sick, whether from the Delta version or some other way: it’s the people who haven’t been vaccinated,” Dr. Megan Rainey told CNN on Wednesday.
“I don’t want it to come to this, but I do hope that this boom will inspire more people in those states with lower vaccination rates to eventually go out and get their shot.”
“What worries me more is that there are variants to come, and every time this virus passes from person to person, it has a chance to mutate. And it’s only a matter of time until we have one.” There is no version against which vaccines no longer protect us,” she explained.
Current federal guidelines say that people who are fully vaccinated can abstain from routine testing. Studies and experts have also said that vaccines are still highly protective.
Peter Hotez, dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, wrote in an email to CNN on Wednesday: “I think we should now revisit this policy with the delta version and determine whether Whether the current recommendations are correct.” .
The CDC is only reporting data on “breakthrough” infections that cause severe disease. This could mean that scientists and health officials may not know how many vaccinated people have mild or asymptomatic infections – and it will be very difficult to track whether a newer version like Delta is causing more vaccine failures.
Local efforts for vaccination continue
To get more shots into the arms, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan said the state will provide $1 million in college scholarships through July 12 for people between 12 and 17 who get vaccinated.
“I can’t imagine a better incentive than a college education,” said Dr. Jay Perman, Chancellor of the University of Maryland system.
Hogan said two scholarships would be awarded each week for the eight weeks through Labor Day, when four winners would be chosen. Hogan said winners will receive a Maryland 529 Prepaid College Trust contract, which closes today’s tuition rates for the future, or a Maryland 529 College Investment Plan.
The incentive is an effort by the state health department and higher education department.
State health data shows that more than half of Marylanders between the ages of 12 and 17 have been fully vaccinated.
The announcement came after the state said in a tweet that all COVID-19 deaths in Maryland last month were among people who were not vaccinated.
CNN’s Deidre McPhillips, Jacqueline Howard, Keri Enriquez, Virginia Langmid and Hannah Sarisohan contributed to this report.