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CDC chief concerned about large number of unvaccinated

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CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky is concerned about the high numbers of unvaccinated in the U.S. She calls it “a pandemic of the unvaccinated.” The Associated Press has the story:

‘Pandemic of the unvaccinated’

WASHINGTON — The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the COVID-19 outbreak in the U.S. is becoming “a pandemic of the unvaccinated.”

Speaking during a White House briefing, Dr. Rochelle Walensky says cases in the U.S. are up about 70% over the last week, hospital admissions are up 36% and deaths rose by 26%. Nearly all hospital admissions and deaths, she says, are among the unvaccinated.

In this handout photo released by the National Task Force Against COVID19, US Embassy in the Philippines Chargé d’Affaires John C. Law, second from right, and Sean Callahan from US AID, right, holds a U.S. flag as Philippine vaccine czar Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr., center, and Health Secretary Francisco Duque II, second from left, hold the Philippine flag beside boxes containing Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccines as they arrive at Manila’s International Airport, Philippines on Friday July 16, 2021. The first batch of vaccines consisting of 1,606,600 doses produced by American pharmaceutical firm Johnson & Johnson (J&J) and donated by the United States government through the COVAX facility have arrived in the country today. (National Task Force Against COVID19 via AP)

White House COVID-19 coordinator Jeff Zients echoed the pandemic is “one that predominantly threatens unvaccinated people.”

He says the Biden administration expects cases to increase in the weeks ahead because of spread in communities with low vaccination rates. Four states accounted for 40% of new cases last week, with one in five coming from Florida.

But Zients says there are signs that increased cases are driving more people in those communities to seek vaccination at rates faster than the national average.

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