It was believed that this would be enough to achieve collective immunity, but the delta strain worsened the situation.
However, this happened a month later than Biden had planned, against the background of an outbreak caused by the “delta” strain that swept hospitals.
The authorities of Louisiana have demanded that all residents of the state, regardless of whether they have been vaccinated, again wear masks in public spaces, including schools and colleges.
Other cities and states have also taken precautions in an attempt to counter the crisis, which was blamed on the rapidly spreading option and stubborn resistance to vaccination among a part of the population.
“People come to us in a severe condition. Sometimes whole families get sick,” said Dr. Sergio Segarra, chief physician of Miami Baptist Hospital.
This network of medical centers in Florida reported that the number of people hospitalized with the virus has increased by more than 140 percent over the past two weeks.
Biden wanted 70 percent of Americans to be vaccinated by July 4 – US Independence Day. The government initially believed that this was the minimum proportion of the population necessary to achieve collective immunity in the United States. But this was not enough because of the very contagious variant of “delta,” which allowed the virus to return.
The US has also failed to achieve the administration’s other goal – to vaccinate 165 million Americans by July 4 fully. The real number at the moment is about 8.5 million less.
The average number of new cases per day has increased six fold over the past month and reached almost 80 thousand, which has not been observed since mid-February. The average daily death rate over the past two weeks has increased from 259 to 360.
However, this is significantly lower than the 3,400 deaths and a quarter of a million cases per day that were recorded at the peak of the epidemic in January. However, in some parts of the country, the number of new cases has reached the highest level since the beginning of the pandemic.
Almost all deaths and severe cases occur in unvaccinated patients.
The rise in morbidity has forced states and cities to retreat.
The health authorities of San Francisco and six neighboring counties announced on Monday the restoration of a mask regime for everyone, including those who have been vaccinated.
The mayor of Denver said that city authorities would require vaccination of police officers, firefighters, and some other municipal employees and employees of schools, nursing homes, hospitals, and prisons.
Wearing masks will be required at public colleges and universities in Minnesota, regardless of vaccination.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said that the nationwide vaccination requirement is “not discussed,” noting that employers have the right to take such a step.