The director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Francis Collins, said Sunday that the current increase in coronavirus, which is being driven by the highly transmissible delta variant, may be “the turning point” for unvaccinated patients. .
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“Cases have quadrupled in recent weeks. We are now advancing to 100,000 cases a day now, and especially at those points where vaccination rates are still quite low, maybe 30%. That would be Missouri and Arkansas. , Louisiana, Florida. And those are areas of deep concern, “Collins said.
However, Collins noted that vaccination rates have also risen nationwide, rising 56 percent in the past two weeks.
“So I think maybe I’m trying to look at the brighter part of that. What makes silver is that people are waking up to that. And that can be a turning point for those who have hesitant to say, “Okay, it’s time,” Collins said.
“I hope that’s what’s happening,” he added. “That’s what’s going to happen desperately if we’re going to get this delta variant back in place, because right now it’s having a pretty big party in the center of the country.”
According to the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 69.7% of eligible adults have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine. About half of the total U.S. population (49.5%) is fully vaccinated.