Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Rochelle Walensky says ahead of a House Select subcommittee hearing on “Reaching the Light at the End of the Tunnel: A Science-Driven Approach to Ending the Pandemic Quickly and Safely” at the Capitol Hill in New York from Washington, DC, April 15, 2021.
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US health officials have confirmed fewer than 6,000 cases of Covid-19 Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said Monday.
That’s only 0.007% of the 84 million Americans with full protection against the virus. Despite the groundbreaking infections, none of the patients died or became seriously ill, which suggests the vaccines are working as intended, she said.
“We expect such rare cases with any vaccine, but so far we have received reports of fewer than 6,000 breakthrough cases from more than 84 million people who have been fully vaccinated,” Walensky told reporters at a news conference. Breakthrough cases occur when someone becomes infected with the virus more than 14 days after the second shot, she said.
The CDC chief admitted the number could be underestimated.
“While that number comes from 43 states and territories and is likely underestimated, it’s still very important that these vaccines work. Of the nearly 6,000 cases, about 30% had no symptoms at all,” Walensky said.
Half of all American adults have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine. Of those over 65, 81% have received one dose or more, and around two-thirds are fully vaccinated.
US health officials are launching a massive campaign to convince more Americans to take the vaccine. An increasing number of people have become skeptical after the CDC and the Food and Drug Administration asked states to halt temporarily Distribution of Johnson & Johnson Vaccines were reported to the CDC last week after a rare but potentially fatal bleeding disorder was reported to the CDC.
Some of the former presidents Donald TrumpProponents are also strongly against taking the vaccine, worrying U.S. health officials who hope enough people will be vaccinated for the country to receive herd immunity to the virus. The Chief Medical Officer of the White House, Dr. Anthony Fauci, has said before 75% to 85% of the US population must be vaccinated to create an “umbrella” of immunity this prevents the virus from spreading.
“It is very worrying that political beliefs mean that people do not want to be vaccinated” Fauci said Monday on “CBS This Morning”. “I find this really extraordinary because they say you are encroaching on our freedoms by asking us to wear masks and doing restrictions that affect public health problems. The easiest way to overcome this is to yourself get vaccinated. ”
The US reports 723 Covid deaths per day, based on a seven-day average based on data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
At Biden’s urging, all 50 US states opened vaccination appointments for people aged 16 and over by Monday.
– CNBC’s Nate Rattner contributed to this report.