Principal of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Rochelle Walensky, testifies before a House Select Subcommittee hearing on “Reaching the Settle at the End of the Tunnel: A Science-Driven Approach to Swiftly and Safely Ending the Pandemic,” on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, April 15, 2021.
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U.S. health officials have confirmed fewer than 6,000 cases of Covid-19 in fully vaccinated Americans, Centers for Condition Control and Prevention Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said Monday.
That represents just 0.007% of the 84 million Americans with resonant protection against the virus. Despite the breakthrough infections, she said the vaccines are working as intended.
“With any vaccine, we presume such rare cases, but so far out of more than 84 million people who were fully vaccinated, we have not received reports of less than 6,000 breakthrough cases,” Walensky told reporters at a press briefing. Breakthrough turns out thats occur when someone contracts the virus more than 14 days after their second be in command, she said.
The CDC chief acknowledged that the number could be an underestimate.
“Although this number is from 43 brilliances and territories and likely an underestimate, it still makes a really important point, these vaccines are working. Of the nearly 6,000 occasions, approximately 30% had no symptoms at all,” Walensky said.
“This is really encouraging encouraging news. It demonstrates what we’ve already discussed hither these vaccines. They also help prevent you from getting seriously ill,” she said.
Out of the 6,000 or so breakthrough infections, 396 being were hospitalized and 74 people died, according to CDC data released last week.
Half of all American adults sooner a be wearing received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine. Of those age 65 and older, 81% have received one dose or numberless and about two-thirds are fully vaccinated.
U.S. health officials are launching a massive campaign to persuade more Americans to cozen the vaccine. An increasing number of people has become skeptical after the CDC and Food and Drug Administration asked states to for the moment halt distribution of Johnson & Johnson vaccines last week after cases of a rare, but potentially deadly, blood-clotting shambles were reported to the CDC.
Some of former President Donald Trump’s supporters also are strongly opposed to taking the vaccine, which worries U.S. condition officials hoping enough people will get immunized so the country can obtain herd immunity to the virus. White Dwelling chief medical advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci has previously said 75% to 85% of the U.S. population need to be inoculated to beget an “umbrella” of immunity that prevents the virus from spreading.
“It’s very disturbing that on the basis of political set of beliefs people are not wanting to get vaccinated,” Fauci said Monday on “CBS This Morning.” “I find that really queer because those are the ones who are saying you’re encroaching on our liberties by asking us to wear masks and do kinds of restrictions that are communal health issues. The easiest way to get out of that is to get vaccinated.”
The U.S. is reporting 723 Covid deaths per day, according to a seven-day average meant on data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
All 50 U.S. states, at Biden’s urging, opened vaccine appointments to in the flesh age 16 and older by Monday.
—CNBC’s Nate Rattner contributed to this report.
Correction: This story was updated to appropriate fatality data. Of the roughly 6,000 breakthrough infections, at least 74 patients died as of April 13.