Delta variant spreading quickly in USA

White House says it will miss 70% vaccination target by a "few weeks" while experts warn that unvaccinated communities may have localized surges. Meanwhile, COVID-19 deaths climbing in Latin America

Welcome to this week’s update. Here’s what you should know about the latest COVID-19 news.

“The delta variant is currently the greatest threat in the U.S. to our attempt to eliminate COVID-19.” - Dr. Anthony Fauci

  1. The “delta variant,” first observed in India, is surging in the United States. CDC experts attribute 20% of new COVID-19 cases in the USA to this strain, twice the proportion from two weeks ago. It is forecast to become the dominant strain here within a month.

  1. The good news is that all three of the vaccines in use across the USA are effective against the delta variant, says Fauci.

  2. Reluctance among young adults holding back US progress on Biden vaccination goal. The White House acknowledged that the nation will not reach the president’s target of 70% of adults with at least one COVID-19 shot by July 4. Getting people between 18-36 vaccinated has proven a challenge.

  3. What numbers make sense to track now that the pandemic wanes (at least in parts of the USA)?

  4. While the USA sees an exit ramp from the pandemic, the situation is dire in many other places, especially because vaccine distribution and access has been limited.

  5. Of more than 800 U.S. Secret Service employees who got COVID-19, 477 were part of the division responsible for protecting the president and other officials.

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