This is becoming a pandemic of the unvaccinated. — Dr. Rochelle P. Walensky, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
This is becoming a pandemic of the unvaccinated. — Dr. Rochelle P. Walensky, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
As the Delta variant fuels rising U.S. cases, the C.D.C. director warns of a ‘pandemic of the unvaccinated.’
As the highly contagious Delta variant of the coronavirus fuels outbreaks in the United States, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned on Friday that “this is becoming a pandemic of the unvaccinated.”

Cases, hospitalizations and deaths remain far below last winter’s peak and vaccines are effective against Delta, but the agency’s director, Dr. Rochelle P. Walensky, urged people to get fully vaccinated to receive robust protection, pleading, “do it for yourself, your family and for your community. And please do it to protect your young children who right now can’t get vaccinated themselves.”


The number of new virus cases is likely to increase in the coming weeks, and those cases are likely to be concentrated in areas with low vaccine coverage, officials said at a White House briefing on the pandemic.

“Our biggest concern is that we are going to continue to see preventable cases, hospitalizations, and sadly, deaths among the unvaccinated,” Dr. Walensky said. The nation surpassed 34 million cumulative cases on Friday, according to a New York Times database.

Delta now accounts for more than half of new infections across the country, and case numbers have been ticking up in every state. There is an average of roughly 28,000 new cases a day, up from just 11,000 a day less than a month ago.

So far, data suggests that many of the vaccines — including the Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson shots — provide good protection against Delta, especially against the worst outcomes, including hospitalization and death. (Receiving a single dose of a two-shot regimen, provides only weak protection against the variant, however.) Nearly 60 percent of U.S. adults have been fully vaccinated, but fewer than 50 percent of all Americans have been; only those 12 and older are eligible.
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