US Seven U.S. states with least shots make up half of COVID cases -White House
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Seven U.S. states with the lowest COVID-19 vaccination rates account for half of the country's new cases and hospitalizations in the last week, the White House said on Thursday.
The states are Florida, Texas, Missouri, Arkansas, Louisiana, Alabama, and Mississippi, according to White House COVID-19 coordinator Jeff Zients.
Of those, Florida and Texas account for about a third of new coronavirus cases and an even higher share of hospitalizations in the country.
(Reporting by Jeff Mason, Susan Heavey and Trevor Hunnicutt; editing by Jonathan Oatis)
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The vaccines work very well, but current public health communications may be understating the frequency of infections among the vaccinated.The vaccines were never tested to prevent transmission, only symptomatic disease, and those who knew the science expected, from the outset, that we would see some number of such cases, and that they would be, overwhelmingly, mild. But Delta appears to have changed things. Not everything: the vaccines are working to suppress severe outcomes from covid infection — according to a New York Times analysis, by more than a factor of one hundred for some states, and at least five-fold for even the states where the effect has been most muted.