These are impressive figures, in this country where more than 330 million doses of vaccine have already been injected: in June, almost all of the deaths from Covid-19 affected the unvaccinated population. And in some states, the figure was as high as 100%.
According to doctor and immunologist Anthony Fauci, “Mr. Covid” in the United States, no less than 99.2% of Americans who died from Covid-19 during the month of June 2021 were not vaccinated.
We can no longer be complacent […] Millions of Americans still go unvaccinated and unprotected. And because of this, their communities are in danger, their friends are in danger, their loved ones are in danger.
In the state of Maryland (6 million inhabitants), where 7 million doses have been administered, the rate even reaches 100%. Clearly, no person vaccinated and possibly infected with Covid has died.
The same goes for hospitalizations: we know that the vaccine provides massive protection against severe forms of the disease, even if it does not prevent 100% of contamination. Also in Maryland, in June, 93% of new cases as hospitalized patients were not vaccinated.
A vaccination that is already slipping
But in the United States as in France, vaccination is also starting to slip, despite the surge in the delta variant.
67% of the adult population has received at least one dose, and 58% are fully immunized. But that remains well below the target of President Joe Biden, who expected to have vaccinated 70% of adults in July.
The debate rages around vaccination, especially in some states. So in June, Wisconsin ordered just 8% of the doses it had pre-booked, and Illinois just over 9%.
States among others where the voters of Donald Trump, more reluctant to vaccination (40% of them say they are opposed to vaccines).
Populations more reluctant to vaccine
They are not the only ones: white evangelical Christians, blacks, Hispanics, young people and finally the poorest all display a greater reluctance, even opposition to being vaccinated.
With one obvious consequence: the vaccination rate varies from over 75% in Vermont (northeast of the country) to just 40% in Mississippi.
However, it is precisely in the least vaccinated states that contaminations soar, under the pressure of the delta variant, wherever the vaccination rate is lower than the national average.
We are in a race against this Delta variant, which is spreading very quickly, and every state is going to be faced with this.
Asa Hutchinson, Republican Governor of Arkansas, on CNN