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Areas with Low Vaccination Rates at Higher Risk of Delta Variant Surge

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The Delta variant of the coronavirus is spreading globally, with experts warning that it could soon gain dominance in the United States. Despite its increased transmissibility and severity, the existing COVID-19 vaccines remain effective against it. However, certain states in the US are at a higher risk as they have lower vaccination rates compared to others.

States like California, Connecticut, and Vermont have made significant progress in vaccinating a large portion of their population. In contrast, states such as Alabama, Wyoming, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee have lagged behind, with less than 35% of their residents vaccinated. These states are already witnessing a rise in COVID-19 cases linked to the Delta variant.

Dr. Leana Wen, a medical analyst at CNN, stated, “While we have made progress and are no longer facing the worst of the pandemic, there are areas experiencing significant surges with hospitals reaching capacity again. It is crucial to focus on vaccination rates at the community level rather than just at the national level.”

Former FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb highlighted the need for alternative vaccine distribution strategies to reach populations hesitant or facing barriers to access. This could involve setting up vaccine delivery points in locations like doctors’ offices, schools, and workplaces to ensure wider vaccine coverage.

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