Dr. Peter Hotez warned that Southern U.S. states may really feel the impact of the highly transmissible Delta Covid variant as early as this summer, due in part to low vaccination rates.
“I am really maintaining my breath about the South and what happens over the summer,” said Hotez, co-director of the Heart for Vaccine Pattern at Texas Adolescents’s Hospital.
“Right here within the South, particularly in Louisiana, Mississippi, we’re seeing really low vaccination rates. And much less than 10% of adolescents are vaccinated in many of these southern states, so we have a real vulnerability here,” Hotez said.
Vaccination rates vary across the U.S.: More than 50% of the population in many Northeastern states is now totally vaccinated, compared with moral around 30% of the population in many Southeastern states, according to data from the Facilities for Disease Regulate and Prevention.
On Tuesday, White Home chief medical advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci, pressured out the importance of vaccines to supply protection to against the Delta variant, which he said accounts for more than 6% of the U.S. coronavirus infections that scientists have genetically sequenced.
Hotez also told CNBC’s “The Information with Shepard Smith” that he’s detached recommending Covid vaccinations to adolescents, despite CDC warnings over a increased-than-anticipated alternative of cases of heart inflammation in 16- to 24-year-olds.
“I am delicate satisfied that the potential of severe Covid-19 from this unusual Delta variant is a far bigger grief, so I am strongly recommending for adolescents to get their two doses of the vaccine,” Hotez said.