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This Friday, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, Director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC, in English) gave a press conference at the White House to talk a little about the current situation in which the United States lives on the issue of the coronavirus pandemic.
To begin with, Walensky pointed out that to this day, only 53.3% of Americans have already received a full vaccination, including 62.4% of those over 12 years of age.
This means that there is still 25% of the population that meets the requirements to be inoculated and that is reluctant to do so.
With the intention that this percentage choose to be vaccinated, heThe CDC released the results of studies that talk about the possibility of being hospitalized or dying from Covid-19, as well as the current efficacy of vaccines in the presence of the Delta variant, that has put the health system in check again.
The first of the studies was based on the analysis of more than 600,000 cases of Covid-19 in the US between April and mid-July. In this study, infections, hospitalizations and deaths in 13 states of the country were reviewed in a period in which the delta variant was already the predominant one.
The study concluded that those who are not vaccinated are 11 times more likely to die from diseases related to the virus than those who are.
“Those who were not vaccinated were about 4.5 times more likely to contract Covid-19, more than 10 times more likely to be hospitalized and 11 times more likely to die from the disease,” Walensky explained.
A second study of The CDC found that Moderna’s vaccine is slightly more effective at preventing hospitalizations than Pfizer-BioNTech’s and Johnson & Johnson’s. This was discovered by analyzing some 32,000 patients seen in the nation’s hospitals, clinics and emergency departments in 9 US states between June and early August.
Patients who had received the complete program of Moderna’s vaccine were found to be 95% protected against hospitalization by Covid-19, while in the case of those vaccinated with Pfizer that percentage was 80%, and in Johnson’s & Johnson, 60%.
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