Delta Variant Expected to Become Most Dominant Variant in the US, CDC Says

The Delta variant was first identified in India in December 2020

Coronavirus Pandemic

FILE - This 2020 electron microscope image provided by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases - Rocky Mountain Laboratories shows SARS-CoV-2 virus particles which cause COVID-19, isolated from a patient in the U.S., emerging from the surface of cells cultured in a lab. Viruses are constantly mutating, with coronavirus variants circulating around the globe. (NIAID-RML via AP)
By: Alyssa Wilson

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has projected the highly transmissible Delta variant is the dominant strain of COVID-19 in the United States.  

According to USA Today, projected data from the CDC says the Delta variant is expected to account for more than 50% of cases. Some states are suffering as the variant causes a spike in cases. 

In Missouri, health care facilities are experiencing a ventilator shortage and public outcry from respiratory therapists as cases jumped nearly 30%. In California, 35.6% of June’s COVID-19 cases were identified as the Delta variant.  

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There are currently four COVID-19 variants, including Alpha, first detected in the United Kingdom, Beta, first detected in South Africa, Gamma, first identified in Brazil, and Delta.  

On Tuesday, President Joe Biden announced new initiatives to help get more people vaccinated against COVID-19. “We are continuing to wind down the mass vaccination sites that did so much in the spring to rapidly vaccinate those eager to get their first shot and their second shot for that matter, if they needed a second,” Biden said. ” “Now we need to go to community by community, neighborhood by neighborhood, and oft times door to door literally knocking on doors to get help to the remaining people protected from the virus.” 

Biden laid out several ways his administration will work to increase vaccinations. This includes going door to door for community outreach, a fresh push to get vaccines at primary care doctors, a boost in efforts to get vaccines to pediatricians, expanding mobile vaccination clinics and setting up vaccination sites at workplaces.  

RELATED: US Will Not Achieve Biden’s Goal to Vaccinate 70% of American Adults by Fourth of July  

The United States did not reach Biden’s goal of having 70% of adults vaccinated by the Fourth of July. According to the NBC News COVID-19 vaccine tracker, more than 157 million people have been fully vaccinated. 

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