The highly contagious Delta strain of COVID-19 is surging in the Midwest and other areas with low vaccination rates, the White House said Thursday — as Dr. Anthony Fauci stressed that all three jabs available in the US protect against it.
The variant is soaring in “the Midwest and upper Mountain states,” where it now makes up 80 percent of cases, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said at a press briefing.
“This rapid rise is troubling,” she said, adding that the variant is now the most prevalent COVID-19 strain in the US.
But studies show that the Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are effective at fighting the strain, said Fauci, the White House’s chief medical adviser.
Two doses of Pfizer and Moderna are 79 percent effective against infection from the strain, Fauci said, citing studies from England and Scotland. The shots are also 88 percent effective against symptomatic infection and 96 successful at