National Newsletter – Coronavirus

The delta variant of COVID-19 is expected to become the dominant strain in the United States, and it’s further reason why people need to ramp up the vaccination pace, said the director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In an interview with CNN on Friday, Dr. Rochelle Walensky said that the delta variant’s increased transmissibility could allow it to overtake the alpha variant, first identified in the United Kingdom, in the U.S. in the coming months.

“The U.K. variant was more transmissible. That is now nearly 70% of the virus here,” she said. “We know that the delta variant is even more transmissible than the U.K. variant, and I anticipate that will be the predominant variant in the months ahead.”

Walensky reiterated that the Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna vaccines offer good protection against the variant — after the second dose.

“After two doses — reminding you, get your second dose — after two doses, you are protected from that delta variant,” she said. “And studies are underway now to examine the Johnson & Johnson. We just don’t have as much data with that vaccine.”

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